In a famous case of espionage, the Nazi intelligence service SD took over the luxurious Berlin brothel Salon Kitty and equipped it with listening devices and specially trained prostitutes.From 1939 to 1942 the brothel was used to spy on important visitors.

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However, there were high-class prostitutes working in the hotels of East Berlin and the other major cities, mainly targeting Western visitors; the Stasi employed some of these for spying purposes.

Street walkers and female taxi drivers were available for the pleasure of visiting Westerners, too.

In 2002, the government changed the law in an effort to improve the legal situation of prostitutes.

However, the social stigmatization of prostitutes persists and many prostitutes continue to lead a double life.

After World War II, the country was divided into East Germany and West Germany.

In East Germany, as in all countries of the communist Eastern Bloc, prostitution was illegal and according to the official position it didn't exist.Therefore, state policy concentrated on regulation rather than abolition. The state regulation at the same time created an atmosphere which at the same time defined what was considered proper, and proper feminine sexuality.Controls were particularly tight in the port city of Hamburg.Some municipalities actively encouraged it and far from existing on the margins, prostitutes were often honoured guests, who maintained domestic order as an outlet and lesser evil to such things as adultery and rape.Beginning in the 19th century, prostitutes in many regions had to register with police or local health authorities and submit to regular health checks to curb venereal diseases.Here prostitutes sell sex in a room that they rent by the day.