control over a prostitute

(Section 181a of the German Criminal Code (StGB))
The elements of the criminal offence of exercising control over a prostitute are satisfied if the perpetrator exploits a person who is practicing prostitution, surveils such person while he respectively she is practicing prostitution, or dictates to such person the terms of his respectively her working conditions. Because prostitution is legal in Germany and because it can be exercised on the basis of a dependent employment relationship (i. e. a regular employer/employee relationship), such acts must go beyond the general right of an employer to issue instructions to his/her employees and must be such that the person is being kept in a state of dependency.

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