Europe in some ways is like driving through American states; road trips are no big thing, the exception here being that each state or country has a language and culture all of its own determined by how much the place’s people have been shaped by either consumerism or communism.
We had anticipated an uneventful sleepover in Nuremberg in the east of Germany having driven nearly 700 miles from the UK, through France, Belgium, Holland and the bulk of Germany. Instead, having found our cheap hotel for the night, we wandered into town, turned right and found ourselves in the heart of the red light district. We try to avoid attention but on this bitterly cold night and empty streets, we ‘are’ the attention, girls of all ages hang from open windows pleading for our attention, from much older ladies in ill fitting wigs, to much younger girls, including one in particular in scholarly glasses seemed starkly younger that the others, of school age. Neither myself or Steve have ever seen glossy council posters advertising the brothel streets and their strict codes, even in this confused moral maze, the Germans still seem to find order.
In December 2001, Germany legalized pimping and prostitution, and officially stated that prostitution is no longer to be seen as immoral. The estimated turnover from bars, clubs, and brothels connected to prostitution is $4.5 billion per year. There are an estimated 400,000 women in prostitution in Germany.
Next we head for Prague in the Czech Republic...