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It is legal to practice prostitution in Germany. Prostitution may be carried out on the basis of a dependent employment relationship (i. e. a regular employer/employee relationship) or on a self-employed basis. It is also legal to operate premises for prostitution and to make use of the sexual services of a prostitute.
The German Criminal Code (StGB) penalizes certain acts in relation to prostitution, i. e. those acts that violate the (sexual) self-determination rights of persons working as prostitutes. Examples of these include exercising control over a prostitute (section 181a StGB), exploiting prostitutes (section 180a StGB), human trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation (section 232 StGB).

KOK e.V. is being supported
by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

KOK supports the nationwide helpline violence against women. For further information, please visit

„Human Trafficking in Germany – An Overview from a Practical Standpoint”

Link to our new book of the same name

„Human Trafficking“
An animated movie about KOK and its work.