Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Germany to ban "flat-rate" brothels

From The Telegraph:

Germany's biggest political parties have agreed to ban so-called flat-rate sex offered by some brothels in the country.

The move is part of a clampdown on Germany's booming prostitution industry that critics say has got out of hand since a 2002 law legalised sex work. They view as exploitative the special offers in some brothels where men can have unlimited sex for 100 euros ($136).

There's an old quote by George Carlin about prostitution: "Selling is Legal, Fucking is Legal, so why is it illegal to sell fucking?" I think the German variation here is: "Selling unlimited services is OK. Selling sex is OK. So, why is selling unlimited sex not OK?"

The thing with unlimited services is that they generally they play on how much people value people think they can get. People have an idea that they're getting one over on the business, but in reality, it's generally the other way around.

There's a restaurant near me that sells unlimited deserts as part of their 4 course menu. You can just keep on asking for deserts. So, people think "bargain". Reality is that most people get through desert one quite easily, get desert two, and half way through, they hit the wall. So, the restaurant attracts customers thinking they'll get lots of deserts, but actually, they get one more. A few might scoff down half a dozen, and the restaurant probably loses money on them, but they're so rare that overall profitability is hardly dented.

What I'd imagine is that a lot of men turn up, pay for the unlimited option, then after they've had sex once, are well, done. A lot of guys probably get dressed and leave. Some will hang around, but most won't.


Bayard said...

"Reality is that most people get through desert one quite easily,"

Well the first desert would have to be quite small, it would be no good starting with the Sahara or the Gobi, you'd really struggle to get through them.