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Historic German Airport Could Become a Drive-In Sex Booth

Historic German Airport Could Become a Drive-In Sex Booth
Jennifer Billock

The old Tempelhof Airport in Berlin has been sitting mostly unused since it closed down, though it is considered a park and residents can rollerblade there — but maybe not for too much longer, because one lawmaker wants to add drive-in prostitution booths to the site to improve the safety of sex workers.

The old Tempelhof Airport in Berlin has been living its recent life as a giant park for local residents, where they can lounge and rollerblade on what used to be runways. But that may be changing if Stephan von Dassel, mayor of Berlin’s central Mitte district, has his way. Dassel wants to transform the old airport into a series of sex booths, including drive-in ones, where clients can go meet the workers.

Dassel says putting the booths in a central area will help regulate the practice, allow for private places for clients and customers to meet, keep sex workers safe, take pimps off residential streets, boost sex workers’ incomes, and provide a place where workers can get health information.

Some residents, though, don’t believe that putting the booths into the old airport site would be safer for sex workers.

“It seemed controlled here [in town],” Berlin resident Sarah Tiba told CNN. “I feel like it is moving it to a place where it is less of an inconvenience for rich people. I felt happy when they were fine on a street corner, rather than pushing them out of sight. The men who went with them were very visible, so it felt like some control. But if it moves out of sight, it might be less safe.”


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  1. MitchR

    August 14, 2019 at 7:40 am

    It’s always good to question what you are being told. My flight from Barcelona to Gatwick arrived 5 hours late and I missed my connection. Gate agent told me that I had been rebooked on a connecting flight from LHR to DFW through ORD (AA didn’t fly that route direct then). I looked at the boarding pass and saw that the flight was scheduled to depart in 90 minutes. I asked the agent how their bus was going to load 50 passengers, navigate across London at rush hour, and get them to LHR in time to go through screening and board in 90 minutes. She gave me a hotel voucher, a meal voucher, and booked me on a direct flight the next morning. The other 49 passengers set out into the fog and probably didn’t get home for a day or so. Yes, the 20 pound meal voucher was barely enough for a ham sandwich.

  2. BC Shelby

    August 14, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    …that would be sad epitaph for an airport with an incredible history. This is where Berlin Airlift planes operated into with much needed supplies for the city’s residents in the allied sectors.who were basically blockaded .by Soviet occupation forces at the time. Ifele it would be more appropriate to move the allied airlift museum there.

  3. jjmoore

    August 15, 2019 at 5:55 am

    This is just more liberal lunacy polluting the beautiful relics of man-made (in this case) and natural relics. What a shame. Everything they touch turns into crime-ridden, impoverished ghetto littered with filth and contamination. Look at Paris, Burssels, London, Hamburg…. enough said.

  4. SarcasticMisanthrope

    August 15, 2019 at 6:31 am

    Adds new meaning to “Fly Me”.

  5. sokolov

    August 15, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    I would ask the sex workers to learn what they need to improve their safety. And where.

  6. KayVeeBee

    August 17, 2019 at 12:06 am

    “Look at Paris, Burssels, London, Hamburg…”

    What’s keeping you?

  7. Gallivanter

    August 17, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    This story is utter nonsense. First of all, Tempelhof airport is not within Stephan von Dassel’s jurisdiction. As stated, he is the mayor of Berlin’s central Mitte district which is not where Tempelhof is. Secondly, current plans indicate the former terminal buildings will undergo renovation and be used as a multi-purpose development including retail, exhibition and conference space.

    As for drive-in sex bays, these already exist in numerous European cities, Zurich being the latest to add them to keep curb-crawling to a lesser level.

    Since Berlin is a very expansive city areawise, the suggestion is useless for most of those who would seek such ‘entertainment’ as most clientele already know where to go in Berlin.

    Giving such attention to the utterances of one official who may well have made them in jest or as an off the cuff remark is yellow journalism and unworthy of any further attention.

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