German prostitutes have been trained up to become Covid testers after their brothel was turned into a test centre.
Dozens of women have been helping to test locals for the virus at what is believed to the country’s first nationwide testing station in a German brothel.
The Bienenstock Eros Centre brothel in Heidelberg, southwestern Germany, opened its doors as a test centre after their facility was forced to close due to lockdown restrictions.
Now, over 25 prostitutes have been specially trained and are conducting free Covid-19 tests for the locals.
German prostitutes have been trained up to become Covid testers after their brothel was turned into a test centre
Among the 25 prostitutes who have been trained up is Jenny, 45, who said in her usual role she is ‘used to being sensitive’ – and her new job is no different
Now, over 25 specially trained prostitutes are conducting free Covid-19 tests for the locals
Jenny, 45, one of the prostitutes who is testing locals, said in her usual role she is ‘used to being sensitive’ and her new job is no different.
She told Bild: ‘I wear a mask, gloves and a protective gown. I don’t usually appear that covered.’
‘Also, I do this on a voluntary basis, although I currently only have 400 euros (£345) per month to live on.
‘In my regular job I also have to be sensitive. I mustn’t have any reservations. And now I’m just putting test sticks into noses.’
Brothels have been closed and the sale of sex has been banned across Germany due to the coronavirus, which has forced many sex workers into poverty and danger, reports the BBC.
Some prostitutes have admitted that they have had no choice but to flout the restrictions.
The rapid Covid-19 test which Jenny and her colleagues are using only takes three seconds and the patients can choose to get their results via a text message or a printout.
The testing facility has been well received by locals who enthusiastically showed up to get tested through a window at a side entrance of the building.
Jenny said as a covid tester she wears a full PPE kit – and says in her job as a prostitute, she doesn’t usually appear that covered
The Bienenstock Eros Centre brothel in Heidelberg, southwestern Germany, opened its doors as a test centre after their facility was forced to close due to lockdown restrictions. Pictured: Jenny conducts a Covid-test from inside the converted brothel
Dr. Fritz Metzger shows Jenny how the swab has to be inserted into the nose for the Covid-19 test
Mechanic Andreas Schmitt, 40, said: ‘Jenny does a great job.’
His colleagues, salesman Daniel Schmitt, 28, and mechanic Marx Morisack, 40, said: ‘People are people. We don’t mind that these women work as prostitutes.’
Brothel owner Kallie S., 57, and test station operator Kai Behrens, 26, who are supporting the project said they were happy to use the office and outdoor area of the Eros Centre for the experiment.
Regarding the free-of-charge examinations, they said: ‘We want to make a contribution to the fight against the pandemic and to do something good for the people.’
Kallie S. added: ‘We don’t just want to do something good for our guests who are currently absent, but something for the general good of all residents of Heidelberg as well, so that this pandemic can come to an end as quickly as possible.
‘Anyone can come to us without prior notice and have themselves tested free of charge.’
The test centre is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 7pm and even on weekends from 10am to 4pm. They also offer PCR tests which cost 90 euros (£78) per person.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 6,922 to 3,527,251, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Monday.
The reported death toll rose by 54 to 84,829 the tally showed.