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Germany having second thoughts on legalised prostitution

A decade after Germany legalised prostitution, a debate has kicked off to again ban the trade, with leading feminist Alice Schwarzer labelling the country "a paradise for pimps". Dozens of politicians, actors and journalists this month have signed Schwarzer's appeal to Chancellor Angela Merkel and parliament to abolish sex work. "We know there is slavery in the world today, but there is no modern democratic country that would tolerate, accept or promote slavery," she said at a recent Berlin press conference on her new book "Prostitution, A German Scandal".

French stars sign petition against plan to ban prostitution

PARIS (Reuters) - A group of French celebrities including singer Charles Aznavour and actress Catherine Deneuve have signed a petition against a socialist proposal to punish clients of prostitutes. Next week, a French parliament committee will review a proposal by the ruling socialist party faction to scrap sanctions on soliciting and instead punish prostitutes' customers with fines. Parliament is expected to vote on the proposal in December.

Switzerland's first sex drive-in a success

Switzerland's first sex drive-in, which opened two months ago in a bid to take prostitution off Zurich's streets, has been a success, the city said Tuesday following an initial evaluation. "After two months I can say that this guarded prostitution site is working," Michael Herzig, director of social services for sex workers in the city, told reporters. Zurich opened the fenced-in site, which is only accessible by car, in an industrial sector on the outskirts of town in August to move sex workers out of the city centre and provide them with a safer working environment.

Japan man busted for arranging senior citizen sex

Police in Japan have arrested a 70-year-old man over claims he arranged sexual encounters among senior citizens through newspaper adverts soliciting "tea-drinking companions", police and press reports said Tuesday. Kiyohide Kuroda had allegedly been posting classified ads in a Tokyo newspaper for around a decade before he was taken into custody last week. Press reports said Kuroda had helped arrange sex among about 1,000 men and 350 women, mostly in their mid sixties, earning some 30 million yen ($310,000) as commission in breach of Japanese prostitution laws.

Woman allegedly lured into prostitution says going to police not easy

VANCOUVER - She felt threatened by her employer and the men that she was forced to have sex with for money, but a young woman who maintains she was lured into prostitution across two provinces told B.C. Supreme Court that asking police or friends for help was not as easy as a defence lawyer suggested. The young woman, who cannot be named under a publication ban, testified at the trial of Reza Moazami on Tuesday that she agreed to work for the 29-year-old Vancouver man as an escort in 2010 while under the influence of GHB, a date-rape drug.

New York creates state-wide court system to help prostitutes

By Joseph Ax and Susan Heavey NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New York is creating the nation's first statewide system of courtrooms aimed at helping people escape lives of prostitution, which the law treats as a crime but the state's chief judge on Wednesday described as akin to "modern-day slavery."

New York creates state-wide court system for helping prostitutes

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York is creating the nation's first statewide system of courtrooms aimed at helping people escape lives of prostitution, which the law treats as a crime, but the state's chief judge on Wednesday described as akin to "modern-day slavery."

Modest start for Switzerland's first drive-in 'sex boxes'

By Alice Baghdjian ZURICH (Reuters) - Greeted by a press pack rather than prostitutes, the first customer to roll up to Switzerland's sex drive-in on opening night took one lap of the facility before making a hasty exit. The second car, a family vehicle driven by a man in sunglasses under cloudy evening skies, broke down and needed jump starting in front of a host of photographers, sniggering into their cameras.

Switzerland's first sex drive-in opens to a slow start

Switzerland's first sex drive-in, aimed at creating a safer space for Zurich's sex workers and taking prostitution off the streets, opened for business on Monday to a big fanfare, but few customers. Throngs of reporters but only a handful of sex workers were at the opening of the Zurich site at 19:00 (1700 GMT). Television cameras, photographers and journalists jostled to get through the high fence-gate, discretely displaying the red umbrella icon that designates a regulated sex work area.

Switzerland's first sex drive-in opens in Zurich

Switzerland's first sex drive-in will open in Zurich on Monday, aimed at creating a safer space for sex workers and taking prostitution off the city's streets. The drive-in, in a former industrial zone in the west of the city, has a track where the sex workers can show off their assets and negotiate a price, and nine so-called "sex boxes" where they and their clients can park and conclude the transaction.
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