By Chris Weller | Jun 20, 2013 01:48 PM EDT
The problem of human trafficking within Germany's prostitution industry is growing, and despite its legalization over a decade ago, prostitutes are working in worse conditions for less money.
The health conditions facing the industry right now are so troubled, mostly because of the influx of foreign, often trafficked, prostitutes, coupled with market competition depressing wages. Together, these factors make for a legalized industry whose carpet-level prices only engender more problems, both economically and personally.
Approximately 3,000 brothels populate Germany, with Berlin accounting for 500 of those alone. Working in these brothels are 200,000 prostitutes who collectively serve over a million men every day. Market saturation has led to a climate where sex acts that normally cost $54 now cost $13, with one woman saying she would do it just for a Big Mac. A brothel by Schönefeld airport in Berlin once offered unlimited sex, however the customer wanted it, for a flat rate of $129.