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Please refresh the page and retry. T he "mega brothel" in tonight's Channel 4 documentary of the same name isn't that big, by German standards. Paradise is six stories high - half the size of Pascha in Cologne. The answer? I met people running escort apps, online virgin auctions and outdoor "sex boxes" where men queued up in their lunch breaks.
They were hoping for employment contracts, health insurance, pension plans — not motorway stops crammed with grubby caravans whose red lights flash, all day, every day, at anyone stopping for a loo break.
Paradise is more or less at the top end of the market. The Stuttgart flagship, like all seven branches in the chain, has a vaguely Moroccan theme - think brass lanterns, swirly carpets and low sofas draped in naked women and men in red bathrobes.
Prices are low and falling. There are at least , sex workers in Germany, and the market is saturated. I saw enough pale and hairy middle-aged man flesh in Paradise to last me a lifetime. But, after the initial shock of the nudity, the scene quickly became banal. Though both of those scenarios exist sadly, the latter is more common than the former , the reality tends to be both messier and more prosaic.
The vast majority of sex workers in Germany are immigrants. Several have been pressured into it by hard-up family members. Many have pimps, who are sometimes their boyfriends. Almost all had underestimated how unpleasant the work would be. By the time I went home, it was clear to me that the German experiment has not been successful.