But Isabelle, a Macedonian transgender prostitute, is gloomy. Cis women walked the streets north of the railway bridge, trans women to the south. Not these days. Few industries have been as pummelled by covid as sex work, which in Germany is legal and regulated.
Coronavirus forces adjustments for sex workers in Germany, where prostitution is legal
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BERLIN Reuters - Thousands of foreign prostitutes working in Germany have been made homeless after brothels closed due to the coronavirus outbreak and borders snapped shut, making it difficult for them to return home. Authorities in the country, where prostitution has been legal for almost two decades, shut brothels last month along with other non-essential businesses like restaurants and nightclubs to slow the spread of the virus. But since then she has been staying with the brothel manager. Sex workers in Germany are classed as self-employed, pay tax and are in theory entitled to financial assistance from a fund set up by the government to help freelancers through the pandemic. But some prostitutes work illegally and charities supporting the industry say that many who, like Nicole, do pay tax are unaware of their rights.
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Some German brothels closed with hardly any warning. Sex workers who had been fully employed suddenly feared homelessness. Many sought ways to keep working, at home or on the streets.