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WHORES FACE RUINATION FROM CORONA VIRUS FEARS

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Sex
workers face ruin amid virus fears, brothel closures

It’s
7 p.m. on a Friday night, a time when Aurel Johannes Marx’s
three-room brothel on the edge of Berlin would normally be preparing
for its first customers. Sex for sale has long been a staple part of
the German capital’s freewheeling nightlife. But amid concerns over
the new coronavirus, even the world’s supposedly oldest profession
is suffering a sudden slump. At the “Lankwitzer 7” brothel, with
its soft red light and bawdy paintings on the wall, disinfectant
dispensers had been installed next to the washbasins. Marx said he
ordered staff to hot-wash all towels and sheets, and open the windows
more often to let the warm, sticky air escape. Still, customers just
weren’t showing up anymore. “Over the past week, business has
gone down by 50%,” Marx said, blaming the decline on the general
drop in nightlife that’s occurred since the virus arrived in
Berlin.

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