Starnberg, Bavaria, Germany
Starnberg is a German town in Bavaria, Germany, some 30 kms southwest of Munich. It is at the north end of Lake Starnberg, in the heart of the “Five Lakes Country” and serves as capital of the district of Starnberg. Tamara is at home and working in her study.
Tamara Krause – “Germany Zodiac”
The Moscow conference had been very successful, but Tamara had not enjoyed it at all. It had been very useful to catch up on the progress of the business sectors and the Zodiac Program which would be a major income generator in the future. Kirill had provided substantial and comprehensive data reports on all aspects of the organization which had been growing rapidly over the past decade. She had slept on the flight home but needed to work and catchup with her business associates.
In many ways Tamara was similar to Zehn Li in the fact that she planned for the long term 20-30 years but that was still considered short term by the Chinese who always planned for 30-50 years and sometimes longer, and globally their approach was proving to be the most successful.
Tamara knew the slave trade inside-out and Germany did very well indeed out of both prostitution and modern slavery. In-fact prostitution and slavery may be banned around the world but in Germany they have continued to thrive, so much so that the number of instances of forced prostitution and labor exploitation have fueled debate about what contributes to slavery and how it can be stopped.
Tamara smiled as she thought of the EU and how totally corrupt the whole system was, but hey the rewards for her organization were immense. The numbers were startling, so much so that they could not be discussed on any political agenda and the reasons were blatantly obvious!
Prostitution – Sex Trade in Non-Border Areas:
Germany is recognized as being “the Brothel of Europe” and prostitution in Germany is both legal and taxed. Amsterdam may be known as the prostitution capital, but the German industry brings in over 15 billion euros a year with 400,000 prostitutes serving 1.2 million men every day. This is more prostitutes per capita than any other country on the continent. The sex trade industry has become more common in major German cities including Berlin, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, and Hamburg. Here, notorious red-light districts and brothels – like the Reeperbahn in Hamburg, an entertainment district – with a strong focus on the sex trade industry, are becoming a part of daily life.
Merkel and her cronies had held talks on Street Prostitution in Germany and failed miserably to make any changes other than tinker with the finer-points and now several states prohibit brothels in towns with fewer than 35,000 inhabitants. On the other hand, prostitution is allowed everywhere in Berlin. Yes, you read that correctly! And during the 15 year reign of a female Chancellor, you really couldn’t make it up!
Tamara played with the numbers in her business brain as she knew only too well that the German Chancellor would not be able to fund her socialist agenda without:
- Annual income in excess of €15bn euros in state taxes
- 400,000 recognized as being employed and not claiming benefits – Important Political Statistic disguised across employment data
- 500,000 jobs in support staff – Brothels, Hotels, Offices, Taxis, Merchandising, Bar Staff, Caterers, Cleaners, Doctors, Accountants… etc etc
There would also be other social consequences of all this sexual activity if it were made illegal and forced underground.
The statistics always made her smile. Approximately 1.2 million males everyday – brothers, fathers, grandfathers, uncles, cousins, nephews! The big question here was, if German women were to actually enjoy sex with their partners how would that change the economic landscape of Germany? Tamara’s perception of a typical German woman was one of a frigid, no-fun, self-centered control freak and it was no wonder that the men went out every night!
Tamara was herself one of those self-opinionated control freaks who lived a lonely, emotionless existence seeking solace in her work, football and horses. She pulled herself together and continued the analysis, which in one small way made her happy!
The facts indicate that the majority of the sex workers in Germany are from Eastern Europe, mostly from the EU’s two poorest countries, Romania and Bulgaria. It was and still is very easy to lure and entice young girls and women away from the poverty and low wages of roughly €480 per month in the poorer rural regions.
They would live and work in brothels which cost roughly €130 per day or €4,000 per month just for the room. Clients would be charged sometimes less than €30 per visit which meant servicing between 10 and 15 clients on any given day.
Prostitution – Sex Trade in German Border Areas:
Germany has a land border that spans 2,307 miles or 3,714 kms in length. The nine countries that Germany shares its land boundary with are Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, Poland, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands.
Tamara had control over the sex-trade along the whole of the German border which again was worth €Billions of Euros annually.
She had been wise to the fact that the EU Commission in Brussels wanted a guaranteed minimum wage across the whole of the Eurozone, and they had started pushing it along with associated financial threats from the turn of the 21st century. However, Tamara had the necessary contacts and with the help of significant funding had negotiated agreements at the highest levels in German Politics. Those agreements were backed by the Banks and Industrialists to ensure that the minimum wage legislation was not pushed in Germany. In fact, the total opposite was the case, as the minimum wage in Germany was €3 Euros compared with over €6 Euros across the Eurozone.
Fortunately for the German economy the other Euro countries had been too stupid to understand what was actually happening along their borders before it was too late. After 25 years the border towns on the opposite sides had been economically decimated whilst the German towns and villages had thrived with the significantly lower costs of labor. By the end of 2019 there were over 3 million workers in Germany on only €3 Euros or less per hour which was not only an enormous advantage for German Industrialists but a significant factor in the supply of women for the sex trade.
The low industrial wages kept millions of people below the poverty line and they had to find other ways to supplement their meagre incomes and that usually meant turning to prostitution. The German elite was laughing all the way to the bank as exports boomed and competition along the vast border disappeared.
But the Sex Trade was Evolving:
- The internet allowed an explosion of independent prostitutes as they could advertise online
- Dating sites moved online and created the opportunities for major customer scamming
- Robotics were taking off and traditional brothels were under threat
This was where Tamara was focusing her attention, the accountants and financial analysts were working round the clock to develop the modelling strategies that would drive the organization forward over the next 25 years.
Modern Slavery in Germany:
Modern slavery in Germany is centered primarily around migrants in the construction and catering industries, according to the country’s Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA).
However, that was only the tip of the iceberg, the organization also supplied candidates in the following sectors:
- Agriculture – farm workers in peasant communities
- Domestic services – Cleaning, Cooking, Laundry
- Forced Marriages
- Meat Processing
Many people around the world also contribute indirectly to the practice of slavery. Economist Evi Hartmann contends in her 2016 book Wie viele Sklaven halten Sie? (How many slaves do you have?) that the average German today indirectly holds about 60 slaves.
The Global Slave Index indicates that there are more than 40 million people around the world currently live in modern slavery, 167,000 of them in Germany. Tamara could not argue with that figure as the truth was significantly higher.
Tamara had met with the chairman of the German office of the International Justice Mission (IJM), which fights human trafficking around the world and knew that they achieved very little. The German industrial landscape proved beyond reasonable doubt how useless the (IJM) actually was, and that it was just a political front to enable the Government to prove that something was being done about it.
Tamara’s research meant that knew many people around the world who also contribute indirectly to the practice of slavery. Economist Evi Hartmann contends in her 2016 book Wie viele Sklaven halten Sie? (How many slaves do you have?) that the average German today indirectly holds about 60 slaves.
These are Troubled Times thought Tamara:
- The economy was slowing down
- Trade wars were impacting exports
- Brexit could be very damaging – she was awaiting further impact statements
- Border controls were affecting Human Traffic Gangs
- Deutsche Bank was in serious trouble and had to be monitored
Fundamentals of German life were Changing:
- Majority of people rented accommodation
- Cars were bought on short term leases
- Furniture was bought on credit
- Entertainment was paid monthly – Netflix, Google Play, Spotify
- Food now ordered online
- Growth and dominance of Amazon, eBay, Google and Facebook was destroying community landscapes
- Immigration impact much worse than Government will admit
The number of people in Germany who actually owned anything was falling, the poor were getting poorer and the wealthy elite were controlling almost everything. Yes, these are changing times and I need to stay on top, Tamara closed the files and thought about what happened in Moscow. There were doubts in her mind, was she beginning to be afraid of what was coming, she could see the danger signs but was not entirely sure what to be doing about them!