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Tough times for German brothels

<p>People walk in the famous red light district 'Reeperbahn' in the northern German town of Hamburg in this photograph taken on March 3, 2006.  REUTERS/Christian Charisius</p>

People walk in the famous red light district 'Reeperbahn' in the northern German town of Hamburg in this photograph taken on March 3, 2006. REUTERS/Christian Charisius

People walk in the famous red light district 'Reeperbahn' in the northern German town of Hamburg in this photograph taken on March 3, 2006. REUTERS/Christian Charisius

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<p>An unidentified man stands outside a bedroom at the Artemis brothel in west Berlin April 22, 2006. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz</p>

An unidentified man stands outside a bedroom at the Artemis brothel in west Berlin April 22, 2006. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

An unidentified man stands outside a bedroom at the Artemis brothel in west Berlin April 22, 2006. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

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<p>Prostitutes Jana, Mary (C) and Jill talk and smoke as they have a break in the kitchen at the "GeizHaus" brothel in the northern German town of Hamburg April 16, 2009.  REUTERS/Christian Charisius </p>

Prostitutes Jana, Mary (C) and Jill talk and smoke as they have a break in the kitchen at the "GeizHaus" brothel in the northern German town of Hamburg April 16, 2009. REUTERS/Christian Charisius

Prostitutes Jana, Mary (C) and Jill talk and smoke as they have a break in the kitchen at the "GeizHaus" brothel in the northern German town of Hamburg April 16, 2009. REUTERS/Christian Charisius

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<p>Prostitutes stand in the corridor as they wait for their appearance at the "GeizHaus" brothel in the northern German town of Hamburg April 16, 2009.  REUTERS/Christian Charisius </p>

Prostitutes stand in the corridor as they wait for their appearance at the "GeizHaus" brothel in the northern German town of Hamburg April 16, 2009. REUTERS/Christian Charisius

Prostitutes stand in the corridor as they wait for their appearance at the "GeizHaus" brothel in the northern German town of Hamburg April 16, 2009. REUTERS/Christian Charisius

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<p>People walk past the entrance of the infamous brothel 'Hotel Luxor' at the Reeperbahn red-light district in Hamburg March 18, 2008. The owner of Hamburg's oldest and only family-run brothel, in the heart of Germany's most famous red-light district, has decided to shut down her business after 22 years and retire after a sharp decline in business. REUTERS/Christian Charisius </p>

People walk past the entrance of the infamous brothel 'Hotel Luxor' at the Reeperbahn red-light district in Hamburg March 18, 2008. The owner of Hamburg's oldest and only family-run brothel, in the heart of Germany's most famous red-light district,...more

People walk past the entrance of the infamous brothel 'Hotel Luxor' at the Reeperbahn red-light district in Hamburg March 18, 2008. The owner of Hamburg's oldest and only family-run brothel, in the heart of Germany's most famous red-light district, has decided to shut down her business after 22 years and retire after a sharp decline in business. REUTERS/Christian Charisius

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<p>Half-naked prostitutes ascend a spiral staircase at the Artemis brothel in west Berlin April 22, 2006. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz</p>

Half-naked prostitutes ascend a spiral staircase at the Artemis brothel in west Berlin April 22, 2006. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

Half-naked prostitutes ascend a spiral staircase at the Artemis brothel in west Berlin April 22, 2006. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

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<p>Romanian prostitutes pose in the brothel "Pussy Club" in Schoenefeld April 15, 2009.  REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke </p>

Romanian prostitutes pose in the brothel "Pussy Club" in Schoenefeld April 15, 2009. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

Romanian prostitutes pose in the brothel "Pussy Club" in Schoenefeld April 15, 2009. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

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<p>Prostitute Mary poses as she opens the trousers of a guest at the "GeizHaus" brothel in the northern German town of Hamburg April 16, 2009. REUTERS/Christian Charisius </p>

Prostitute Mary poses as she opens the trousers of a guest at the "GeizHaus" brothel in the northern German town of Hamburg April 16, 2009. REUTERS/Christian Charisius

Prostitute Mary poses as she opens the trousers of a guest at the "GeizHaus" brothel in the northern German town of Hamburg April 16, 2009. REUTERS/Christian Charisius

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<p>Romanian prostitutes pose in the brothel "Pussy Club" in Schoenefeld April 15, 2009. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke </p>

Romanian prostitutes pose in the brothel "Pussy Club" in Schoenefeld April 15, 2009. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

Romanian prostitutes pose in the brothel "Pussy Club" in Schoenefeld April 15, 2009. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

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<p>A prostitute displays a so-called "GeizHaus dollar" at the "GeizHaus" brothel in the northern German town of Hamburg April 16, 2009.  REUTERS/Christian Charisius </p>

A prostitute displays a so-called "GeizHaus dollar" at the "GeizHaus" brothel in the northern German town of Hamburg April 16, 2009. REUTERS/Christian Charisius

A prostitute displays a so-called "GeizHaus dollar" at the "GeizHaus" brothel in the northern German town of Hamburg April 16, 2009. REUTERS/Christian Charisius

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<p>A prostitute smokes at the "GeizHaus" brothel in the northern German town of Hamburg April 16, 2009.  REUTERS/Christian Charisius </p>

A prostitute smokes at the "GeizHaus" brothel in the northern German town of Hamburg April 16, 2009. REUTERS/Christian Charisius

A prostitute smokes at the "GeizHaus" brothel in the northern German town of Hamburg April 16, 2009. REUTERS/Christian Charisius

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<p>A naked prostitute lies in a lounge area at the Artemis brothel in west Berlin April 22, 2006. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz</p>

A naked prostitute lies in a lounge area at the Artemis brothel in west Berlin April 22, 2006. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

A naked prostitute lies in a lounge area at the Artemis brothel in west Berlin April 22, 2006. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

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<p>Waltraud Mehrer, owner of the infamous brothel 'Hotel Luxor', talks to guests at the bar of her establishment at the Reeperbahn red-light district in Hamburg March 18, 2008.  REUTERS/Christian Charisius </p>

Waltraud Mehrer, owner of the infamous brothel 'Hotel Luxor', talks to guests at the bar of her establishment at the Reeperbahn red-light district in Hamburg March 18, 2008. REUTERS/Christian Charisius

Waltraud Mehrer, owner of the infamous brothel 'Hotel Luxor', talks to guests at the bar of her establishment at the Reeperbahn red-light district in Hamburg March 18, 2008. REUTERS/Christian Charisius

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<p>A prostitute says goodbye to a guest at the infamous brothel 'Hotel Luxor' at the Reeperbahn red-light district in Hamburg March 18, 2008. REUTERS/Christian Charisius </p>

A prostitute says goodbye to a guest at the infamous brothel 'Hotel Luxor' at the Reeperbahn red-light district in Hamburg March 18, 2008. REUTERS/Christian Charisius

A prostitute says goodbye to a guest at the infamous brothel 'Hotel Luxor' at the Reeperbahn red-light district in Hamburg March 18, 2008. REUTERS/Christian Charisius

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