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Berlin’s S&M workers win stinging court victory over city officials

In a closely watched ruling, the court said it was discriminatory to extend Berlin’s ongoing ban on the operation of brothels, imposed at the start of lockdown, to BDSM studios because they both offer very different services. In a 12-page legal pummelling, judges accused Berlin authorities of being ignorant and prudish for conflating BDSM studios and massage parlours with brothels. “The similarity . . . lies only in that the services delivered here are targeted at customers’ sexual satisfaction,” the ruling added . “However, the ways in which this happens in the various subsectors shows – particularly with regard to the typical degree of associated proximity – differences that are relevant under infection protection law.”