The old Tempelhof Airport in Berlin has been sitting mostly unused since it closed down, though it is considered a park and residents can rollerblade there — but maybe not for too much longer, because one lawmaker wants to add drive-in prostitution booths to the site to improve the safety of sex workers.
The old Tempelhof Airport in Berlin has been living its recent life as a giant park for local residents, where they can lounge and rollerblade on what used to be runways. But that may be changing if Stephan von Dassel, mayor of Berlin’s central Mitte district, has his way. Dassel wants to transform the old airport into a series of sex booths, including drive-in ones, where clients can go meet the workers.
Dassel says putting the booths in a central area will help regulate the practice, allow for private places for clients and customers to meet, keep sex workers safe, take pimps off residential streets, boost sex workers’ incomes, and provide a place where workers can get health information.
Some residents, though, don’t believe that putting the booths into the old airport site would be safer for sex workers.
“It seemed controlled here [in town],” Berlin resident Sarah Tiba told CNN. “I feel like it is moving it to a place where it is less of an inconvenience for rich people. 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.”
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