At the convergence of the rivers of Rhine and Neckar in the southwestern part of Germany is where the city of Mannheim is. Its layout which resembles that of a grid pattern is rare among German cities, although similar to those in North America. As of the year 2012, its population has stretched to 295,000. It spreads to a total of 144.96 square kilometres.
This German city has been destroyed to rubbles during the Thirty Years’ War in the year 1607 and again in the War of the Grand Alliance 67 years after. In 1720, it was rebuilt through the Palatine electors.
It is globally recognised for inventions that originated in the place particularly in the field of mobility: tractor, bicycle, and the automobile.
History of the RLD
Prostitution has been prevalent throughout Germany since the middle ages. A number of German cities since then operated brothels known as Frauenhäuser. Prostitutes back then were treated as honoured guests, who have maintained domestic order.
However, in the beginning of 16th century, the increasing cases of sexually transmitted infections such as syphilis led to the persecution of sex workers. Although a campaign to fight venereal diseases during the Weimar Republic adapted the concept of decriminalising prostitution and instead have it regulated and controlled.
Even before the Second World War, Gutemannstraße was already established as a prostitution area. It was hit hard in a bombing during the war. In the year 1961, in an attempt to regain control of the sex industry, it was reestablished and renamed Lupinenstrasse by the city council to Sperrgebiet. Its name is derived from the lupine plant, but it is also known to be coined from Lupa, or what prostitutes were called back in Ancient Rome.
How to find the RLD
Lupinenstrasse is quite easy to spot. It is the westerly side street of the Mittelstrasse, on the edge of the district Neckar- West. Upon arriving at the central train station, you can opt to reach the RLD within a few minutes via a taxi cab. There are also bus and tram stops.
Stay Safe in the RLD
Although there are a few districts where cases of crimes are continually rising such as Vogelstang, Neckarstadt-West, Jungbusch, street crime and violence are relatively rare in other parts of Mannheim so it’s is perfectly safe to roam around given that caution and common sense are applied.
One can expect a plethora of adult entertainment options in Mannheim. Its RLD boasts window prostitution in 18 different houses used for sex services. While most expect that drinking booze, and getting a lap dance are all that they can experience in a typical gentlemen’s club, such is not the case in Germany. Expect nothing short of hard-core action in the German setting. You can basically avail services other than just mere lap dances in clubs. Peep shows, for example, are popular here. These are extra features in strip clubs wherein clients are offered private cabins where they pay extra to see strippers in a private setting.
Other offerings available in the city include FKK clubs (where women are totally nude), brothels, swinger clubs, erotic massage parlours, and adult cinemas, and adult shops.
Opening times: Mon-Fri 11-24 clock. Night Cinema: Sat 1:00 until Sunday 6:00 morning. Holidays 16:00-24:00. Also features personal gift ideas, a gay cinema, club, and a shop. Admission is at € 8.
Street prostitution is a not so popular adult entertainment option in Mannheim as it poses a significant amount of risk in terms of security and hygiene. It has since been on a steady decline due to other flourishing businesses like brothels, and FKK clubs where the safety and health issues are fairly taken into consideration. Those who have remained in the business of street prostitution are mostly from Bulgaria and Romania. They typically charge at a minimum of 30 Euros.
Lupinenstrasse is dedicated to prostitution, featuring Laufhäuser or brothels, as well as windows with attractive women ranging from Eastern European to Russians enticing men to enter the establishment.
Prostitution is legal in Germany, as are most facets associated with the sex industry. These include but are not limited to the operation of brothels, promotion, and advertisement of services, and job offers through HR firms.
Evidently, prostitution is widespread as estimates say that it constitutes a €14.5 billion industry in Germany. It is regulated by the German authorities which levy taxes on it. There is a law being implemented that aims to improve the working conditions of the sex workers. This law allows these women to fight for fair wages and become part of the health and pension programs of the country. The same law aims to protect sex workers by requiring Johns to wear condoms.
Foreign sex workers from the EU who wish to work in Germany are allowed to do so. As for those from other countries, they need to obtain more than a tourist visa. Work permits are needed.
Minors or those under the age of 18 are prohibited from entering the sex industry. Pimps are also not tolerated as restrictions mandate businesses involving escorts to be freely controlled by the escorts themselves especially in determining the place, time and extent of sexual services. They are also required to register, submit to health examinations, and undergo health counselling. This law has received backlash from advocates who say that such is an invasion of privacy that might lead to women working illegally in this sector.
With regards to the LGBT sector, same-sex sexual activity has been decriminalised since the late 60s. The age of consent was unified in the country in 1994. Although same-sex marriage has not yet been made legal, registered partnerships for same-sex couples have been accepted since 2001. Same-sex step adoption has also been granted since 2004. Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in terms of employment and the provision of goods and services has been banned across Germany. Transsexuals have also been given the right to change their legal gender since 1980. The country is also the first the enforce a law that gives its citizens the right to choose to neither identify as male or female on their birth documents.
Magdeburg in Saxony-Anhalt began Germany's very first advice hub for female and transgender prostitutes seeking support.
Nightlife in Mannheim is a vibrant and fun-filled one. Various establishments that are worth visiting are scattered throughout the city centre.
The gay scene can be found in different corners of the city but most are close to the city centre, Mitte, as well as around the Wasserturm. A special queer dance party, the Himbeerparty occurs every last Saturday of the month at the Alte Feuerwache.
General Attitude Towards Gays
Despite the political parties that hold a conservative perception on the issues of the LGBT, Germany is still considered to one of the most gay-friendly countries across the globe. The majority of its citizens have since expressed their support on the gay community with 87% of them agreeing that homosexuality should be accepted. It is safe to say that Germans are generally accepting and tolerant of the gay community.
Gay and Transsexual Prostitution in Mannheim
For those who are looking for gay and trans prostitutes, you might just get lucky to find one in a local nightclub or a tranny friendly bar. Otherwise, you can get online and scan through the different profiles and available services of gays and shemales.