Thursday, May 15, 2008

Germany: Punishers Customers of Forced Prostitution

German authorities are worried about women being forced into the sex trade

GERMANY - German officials are drafting legislation to sentence men for up to 10 years in prison if they obtain sexual services from women forced into prostitution, according to a report in a news magazine.

A Justice Ministry spokesman confirmed to German news agency dpa that a draft of the bill was under review, but gave no details. He said both Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Party (CDU) and their junior coalition partner, the Social Democrats, had agreed to clamp down on forced prostitution.

Regular prostitution is legal in Germany, with cities zoning land for brothels. Prostitutes appear on TV and pay income tax.

But authorities are concerned that some women, typically illegal immigrants from poor nations in eastern Europe, are employed against their will by pimps who demand repayment of vast "recruitment fees."..


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