Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Father Jonathan: Shedding Light on Darkness in Germany

Father Jonathan is in Germany. He went to visit brothels there with camera crew to interview brothel owners and hopefully some of the prostitutes.

Yesterday, he was able to enter one during off hours and speak with the general manager, Edberg Kruneich. Father Jonathan's entire post can be found here. Below are some of the more salient findings from his interview with Kruneich:

He swore none of the women in his brothel are forced to be there, but admitted
human trafficking of women into Germany was “probably real.”

He said pimps don't control any of his prostitutes, but admitted male “friends” drop off and pick up some of the women each day.

He promised me the women he employed like their job, but admitted they never stay long.

He claimed he was in no way promoting marriage infidelity, but admitted the vast majority of his clients were either married or engaged. “Single men don't come here,” were his words.

He insisted his brothel was not targeting soccer fans, but admitted they had been very “lucky” in these days. He added business is up more than 100% with an average of 500 men per evening.

He proposed that prostitution is a personal career choice, but when I asked whether he would encourage his two college-aged daughters (of which he had spoken to me proudly) to work at his brothel if they found themselves in a tight financial situation, he looked down. "No, no, no."

Edberg Kruneich seems fairly open, true. However, there are a lot of mixed responses, aren't there?

Previous post on related topics:
Hollywood Actress and Bush Administration against Human Trafficking
Slavery in the United States
Human Trafficking Continues


At 6/28/2006 4:05 PM, Anonymous Andy said...

This is the kind of thing where I feel compelled to say, "well, what did you expect?"

Do we really need behind the scenes coverage to show us that prostitution is wrong on every level on which it operates? Just make it illegal already!

I suppose someone needs reports like these to be convinced. I'm certainly not trying to take away from the efforts of Father Jonathan, but come on, people. It's prostitution.

At 6/28/2006 4:28 PM, Blogger Anna Venger said...

Yes, Andy, we do. We really do need reports like this to be convinced. There are too people who have their own reasons for believing prostitution is a-okay, and that those women are not being victimized in any way. (Kinda like with slavery, convincing themselves that the slaves were happy in their degraded state.)

But, you're a good man, and you see it for what it is.


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