Berlin school installs anti-prostitute fence

USA Today:-A Berlin school finished building a 1.8-meter (5-feet-11-inch) fence to keep street prostitutes out of its campus, German media reported this week.

The Französisches Gymnasium high school lies on a side street of the German capital’s notorious Kurfürstenstraße. The street is a relatively major thoroughfare through Berlin’s inner west, but is also the center of the city’s street prostitution scene.

Prostitutes can be seen soliciting clients at all hours of the day there. A build-up of discarded condoms and syringes, as well as excrement, were evidence that the school grounds were being used in unsavory ways.

“There were always complaints about unscrupulous characters including prostitutes walking shamelessly and illegally into school grounds even during the day,” the district school inspector Carsten Spallek told the daily Berliner Zeitung on Tuesday.

City officials spent 57,000 euros ($67,000) to build a fence to keep such characters off school grounds, rival daily B.Z and national tabloid Bild later reported.

Residential developments are increasingly pushing sex workers out of the areas they used to ply their trade, forcing the business into the side streets and onto the door step of the school.

“The prostitutes eat, stand, drink and litter. It looks filthy in the late evening,” district coordinator Michael Klinnert told Berliner Zeitung.

“The women have no stations to wash themselves or to get themselves ready. And they relieve themselves wherever they please.”

The Französisches Gymnasium had complained of unsavory characters blatantly walking on its grounds.

Klinnert said each morning women are driven to the area in vans often right in front of the school. Other schools in the area have complained of the same problem.

The fence is 125 meters (about 400 feet) long and has been largely welcomed by locals.

Prostitution has long been tolerated in Germany and was officially legalized in Germany in 2002 in cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants. Most sex workers work inside brothels but a portion ply their trade on the streets, avoiding costly rates for rooms. Most cities restrict areas in which prostitutes can work but Berlin lacks such areas.

It required all sex workers to register with authorities, excluding porn actors, lap dancers, peepshow performers, phone sex operators and webcam models. Under the new law workers are required to undergo regular health checks and to always use a condom.

The laws, which came into effect in July 2017, introduced licensing requirements for brothels and outlawed gang-bang parties and flat-rate deals.

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