Berlin security staff pushed young refugees into prostitution

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Young refugees, including minors, have been lured into prostitution by the security guards hired to protect them. Insiders have told a German public broadcaster that the guards pay high prices for young refugees.

Security workers at Berlin’s refugee accommodation centers are pushing young refugees into prostitution, public broadcaster ZDF reported on Tuesday.

Social workers, refugees and security company insiders told the German-language “Frontal 21” program that security employees were even pimping out minors as part of a prostitution ring.

The guards reportedly meet with young refugees and convince them to take up prostitution, earning a commission for each liaison. The guards targeted young, male refugees for the high prices they earned when selling their bodies.

“They need to be of a certain age, attractive. From 16 years and up; the younger they are, the more expensive they are,” a security guard told the program.

One guard told the broadcaster he earns €€20 ($24) for each prostitution referral.

Desperate for money

The statements were corroborated by several refugees in the center. A 20-year-old male Afghan asylum seeker, whose refugee application was rejected, said a security guard approached him with an offer.

“Want to do business? Earn money,” he was reportedly asked. “The security guard told me you get €€30 for sex with a woman, maybe €€40.” He said he was ashamed of what he had to do, but that he had to earn money.

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