New Law passed in 2016 coming into force in 2017.
Germany has a new law that makes it illegal to have sex with prostitutes without using a condom. According to a report in the Independent, brothel owners will now be expected to make their customers aware of the new law and inform them that unprotected
sex will be banned.
The new law will also make licensing mandatory for all brothels so that they would comply with all rules and meet legal standards. Sex wrkers will also be expected to register with the local police who will issue certificates
that would require a renewal every two years. The sex workers will also be required to attend a health advice session once in a year.
Those violating the law, including sex workers, pimps, buyers or brothel owners, could face fines from
1,000 to 50,000. Brothel owners could also be stripped off their license.
article from prostitutescollective.net
On July 1, 2017, the Prostitutes Protection Act
(Prostituiertenschutzgesetz, ProstSchG) came into force. The ProstSchG states that every person who does sex work must be registered, and requires regular health consultations as part of the registration process. After registration a sex worker ID will
be issued, and sex workers are required to have this on them at all times while they are working. Additionally, prostitution businesses (like brothels), will require permits, structural requirements such as alarm systems and multiple bathrooms, and are
not allowed to let workers sleep in the same room they work in. Finally, working without condoms will be illegal, and information received at registration will be forwarded to government bodies such as the tax agency.
At registration, sex workers
are required to provide their full name, a registered address, date of birth, nationality/identity document/work permit, and two photos. Then a personal information session is given, where rights and obligations such as taxes, health insurance, and
counselling services are discussed. Additionally, in order to register a health consultation is required yearly (twice yearly for sex workers under the age of 21), and a certificate which must be carried at work is given. Finally, after the health
consultation and the registration, sex workers will be issued with a registration licence, or sex worker ID. This sex worker ID shows a photo, name or artist name, birthdate, birth place, nationality, registered work place, period of validity, and where
it has been issued 203 and must be carried to work at all times. However, which local authorities will be responsible for the registration process is not defined by law and will be up to individual states.
Prostitution is legal but all the Bundesländer (except for Berlin) have regulated certain areas where prostitution may not be practised, such as, areas close to schools and child care centers.
The law which came into
force 2002 allows prostitutes to have a social insurance, be on paid sick leave and receive a pension, if they are hired on a brothel or own a company. Few own companies however and so far no one has been employed (September 2003), because of the
decrease in income. Foreign women are not covered by the law. Employment agencies can advertise and recruit for such positions.