News Germany Gets it Right
posted by March 30 at 17:58 PMon
US News and World Report has a feature this week on things other countries do better than the United States. Along with the usual suspects—bike paths in Berlin and Amsterdam, healthy eating habits in Japan, universal health care in the United Kingdom—is this entry about Germany:
Life is hard for German hookers these days. Sex work was legalized in 2002, and the red-light districts have become increasingly competitive since. Even in the best of times, prostitution is a career seriously lacking in long-term potential.
So when the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia announced a pilot employment program for women of the night, there was a lot of interest. “We wanted to help them find a market where there’s a future,” says Rita Kuehn, director of the program known as ProFridA.
Specifically, the 50-some participants are being retrained as elder-care workers. It makes perfect sense, says Kuehn, without irony. “Prostitutes have already learned to get along with people, and they’re usually very good listeners,” she says. “Plus, they have no reservations about touching people’s bodies.”
Just another reason to be a Deutschophile . Now can someone explain to me why German prostitutes all wear fanny packs?