Germany Wants To Turn One Of Its Disused Airports Into Drive-In Sex Booths

BERLIN - JUNE 29: A historic DC-3 airplane, also known as the Rosinenbomber, arrives on the tarmac after a tourist flight at Tempelhof Airport June 29, 2007 in Berlin, Germany. Tempelhof Airport, first built in 1923 and extended into its current form between 1936 and 1941, was used by Allied troops in 1948 during the Berlin Airlift, when Allied airplanes supplied West Berlin with essentials during a blockade by Soviet forces. Though the airport is still in use, city authorities recently rejected an investment proposal by U.S. investors Ronald Lauder and Fred Langhammer, choosing instead to decomission the airport in 2008. Consruction has begun on expanding Berlin's Schoenefeld Airport, whose increased capacity will replace Tempelhof. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

The site of a former Berlin airport could be the new hotspot for sex workers in the city.

Mitte district Mayor, Stephan von Dassel is proposing bringing booths where sex workers can meet clients, called “Verichtungsboxen,” to the Tempelhof airport, which was converted into a park in 2008. The “Verichtungsboxen” include booths where clients can drive up and meet prostitutes in their own cars, according to CNN.

The move is an attempt to counter widespread prostitution on a street called Kurfürstenstrasse.

In a statement released last July, Dassel argued that unregulated prostitution in Kurfürstenstrasse has reached a dangerous level for women, saying that violence is underreported and a high percentage of sex workers face addiction and sexually transmitted diseases.

Berlin resident Sarah Tiba told CNN that the plan could actually make prostitution even less safe because it would be moved “out of sight.”

“It seemed controlled here,” Tiba, who lives in central Mitte, told the outlet.

“I feel like it is moving it to a place where it is less of an inconvenience for rich people,” she said. “I felt happy when they were fine on a street corner, rather than pushing them out of sight. The men who went with them were very visible, so it felt like some control. But if it moves out of sight, it might be less safe.”

However, Dassel has pointed out that if the “use of performance boxes is voluntary and only perceived as an additional offer for sexual intercourse, the situation of the sex workers and the residents in the Kurfürstend-kiez will marginally improve at best.”

The Templehof airport has quite the history.

The massive airport was built by the Nazis on top of an older airport in an attempt to impress visitors, according to a report from The Independent. But since 2008, it has been used by the public for rollerblading, jogging, cycling, picnics and numerous other activities.

Tempelhof is also Germany’s largest refugee centre, according to The Independent, and is able to house as many as 7,000.

source: people

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