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Hamburg: we have only 29 prostitutes

The Local · 4 Oct 2012, 12:35

Published: 04 Oct 2012 12:35 GMT+02:00

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The figure was reported by the parliament after local Christian Democrat politician Ralf Niedmers requested figures on number of prostitutes in an attempt to establish whether a prostitute scene was forming in the Wandsbek neighbourhood, the daily Bild reported.

The parliament informed Niedmers that there were only 29 registered prostitutes operating in the city. The report noted there were "numerous other business registrations under euphemisms for prostitution,” but that these dancers, escorts and masseuses could not be officially recognized as doing sex work.

Tax authorities seemed to be doing only a slightly better job of keeping count of the city’s sex workers. The report noted that "the Hamburg Tax Office reported 153 prostitutes."

Prostitution is legal in Germany but sex workers must pay income tax on their earnings like any other freelancer.

The police say there are about 2,400 people working as prostitutes in Hamburg, and between 500 and 700 in the nightlife districts of St. Pauli and St. Georg.

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13:02 October 4, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
The rest of them are off doing corporate entertainment. A growth industry.
14:35 October 4, 2012 by C Robert
This really THE sad News of the Day, half of the Hamburg going hungry, I mean without these Madaams? I wonder someone taken real trouble to head count them all. Why can't think of ..... em...Importing few if there is shortage?
15:57 October 4, 2012 by lucksi
They probably meant to say that they only have 29 prostitutes on the payroll of the Hamburg city parliament...for research...and stuff. That's the ticket.
17:27 October 4, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
Just another tax issue really. The tax authorities looking to expand the tax net and close off loopholes. Maybe just charge them all TV tax for standing on the street. That should do it.
21:39 October 4, 2012 by joysonabraham
was it legal to show that lady's face? no law concerning this kind of stuff?
21:57 October 4, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
Wyh abraham? Do you know her?

In fairness, it is pretty much impossible to make out her face. A blonde girl with high heels on the street in Hamburg is a generic sight.
23:48 October 4, 2012 by nemo999
All 29 of them must be very busy. Maybe no time to sleep. Maybe they could import some from another German city, or maybe guess workers might be the answer.
02:10 October 5, 2012 by iseedaftpeople
>the legendary Reeperbahn and its illicit sex shows

illicit? since when? They are perfectly legal under German law, within certain restrictions.
03:20 October 5, 2012 by brooklyngreens
Hey... I'm a Pimp... I can help y'all... LOL!!
09:58 October 5, 2012 by kan-san
24 is the highest number...
12:33 October 5, 2012 by zeddriver
"The Hamburg city parliament said there are only 29 prostitutes working in the city"

I think that might be a misquote. What they meant to say was. We can only see 29 prostitutes at this very moment. Let me call the office next door and see how many they can see.
20:46 October 5, 2012 by realist1961
They are going to need to work on increasing that number if they want the Obama White House to pay a visit.
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