But that isn’t how the legalisation argument was won 12 years ago.
The idea of the law, passed by Chancellor Gerhard Schröder’s Social Democrat-Green coalition, was to recognise prostitution as a job like any other.
Sex workers could now enter into employment contracts, sue for payment and register for health insurance, pension plans and other benefits.
Exploiting prostitutes was still criminal but everything else was now above board.
What did happen was the opening of Europe’s biggest brothel – the 12-storey, neon-wrapped Pascha in Cologne.
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It’s one of Germany’s “mega-brothels” and, like a lot of those establishments, it has a Moroccan theme.
Picture a Sultan’s palace crossed with a Premier Inn, then wedge it between anonymous office blocks on an endless industrial park and you’re there: Paradise. In Bangkok aged 19 I checked in to a place called Mango Inn with two school friends.
It’s now worth 15 billion euros a year and embraces everything from 12-storey mega-brothels to outdoor sex boxes.