In 1967, Europe's largest brothel at the time, the six-floor Eros Center, was opened on the in Hamburg.
Until 2002, prostitutes and brothels were technically not allowed to advertise, but that prohibition was not enforced.
Some municipalities actively encouraged it and far from existing on the margins, sex workers were often honoured guests, who maintained domestic order as an outlet and lesser evil to such things as and.
Totally understand why this thread has been moved from its location on the international Stammtisch page, but I'm not sure that I want my name to appear as the one that started the thread! The ruling of the judges was not to take effect immediately, but should take at least one year to allow the government to amend the criminal code.