200000 prostitutes in Germany
Relief agencies estimate that up to 200,000 women in Germany work as prostitutes, where 65% to 80 % are of foreign origin, mostly from Romania and Bulgaria.
An afflicted Romanian woman said that she had to pay 800 euros a week to her pimp. She could hardly leave the brothel and she knew nothing of the city, only the nearby Esso station where she was allowed to buy cigarettes and snacks - but even then being accompanied by a guardian.
"They said they know enough people in Romania and knew where my family lived ... that was enough."
Now and then she had the opportunity to call her mother, she had to lie and tell her of her great life in Germany. It was the same with the police: she was told exactly what she had to say at the occasional police raids: that she was here voluntarily and she enjoyed her job. To offer these girls a way out of the extortion and to give them a perspective, a first meeting between the SA Foundation and interested parties from Berlin took place in March 2015. By autumn, the persons concerned had been instructed and trained by the SA Foundation. Today Berlin has its first accommodation for the girls and the reintegration program has begun.