German S&M Sex Workers Accused Of Prepping Clients With Addictive Painkillers

Munich police have raided several “studios” where prostitutes are believed to have administered powerful painkillers before performing intense sadomasochistic services. The studio cost one client 70,000 euros a year, after he became more hooked on the dru

German S&M Sex Workers Accused Of Prepping Clients With Addictive Painkillers
Susi Wimmer

MUNICH – For the past several months, Munich police have been investigating sex workers accused of injecting consenting clients with a local anesthetic before performing particularly painful sadomasochistic practices. Some clients may have even become addicted to the substance.

On Monday, police carried out raids on various "studios," where they arrested several prostitutes and seized hundreds of bottles of Procaine, the anesthetic in question. Procaine is used in dentistry and cancer treatment.

One 45-year-old Munich man spent more than 70,000 euros in the studios over the past year and a half. After a few "sessions' he became so addicted to the anesthetic that he sold his car and took out loans to feed his dependence. He ended up going to the police, who were already investigating two studios and several apartments in the city and surrounding area since the beginning of the year. Police claim the prostitutes not only injected Procaine under clients' skin but, in some cases, directly into their veins.

A 47-year-old man linked to one of the dominatrixes said the prostitutes would inject the drug before the start of a session. It made "special" practices bearable, indeed even possible. During the sessions, the sex workers had to top up the shots one or more times on their more or less conscious clients.

Aside from being dangerous in itself, intravenous delivery of Procaine in significant doses can have long-term physical and mental health consequences, and is sometimes fatal. In addition, the Procaine administered by the sex workers was part of a "drug cocktail" that either enhanced or watered down its effects with unknown consequences.

During the Monday raids, police found large quantities of Procaine in the studios and apartments. One 34-year-old worker had 100 bottles in her possession; a 42-year-old had a supply of 145 bottles. The police also found 10,000 euros in cash during the raids.

The six prostitutes and the 47-year-old man were released after questioning. They are being charged with causing grievous bodily harm, illegally administering injections (only medically trained personnel may give shots) and tampering with medication. It is unclear where they acquired the Procaine; however, depending on the manufacturer, it is not always a prescription drug in Germany.

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What It Means When The Jews Of Germany No Longer Feel Safe

A neo-Nazi has been buried in the former grave of a Jewish musicologist Max Friedlaender – not an oversight, but a deliberate provocation. This is just one more example of antisemitism on the rise in Germany, and society's inability to respond.

At a protest against antisemitism in Berlin

Eva Marie Kogel


BERLIN — If you want to check the state of your society, there's a simple test: as the U.S. High Commissioner for Germany, John Jay McCloy, said in 1949, the touchstone for a democracy is the well-being of Jews. This litmus test is still relevant today. And it seems Germany would not pass.

Incidents are piling up. Most recently, groups of neo-Nazis from across the country traveled to a church near Berlin for the funeral of a well-known far-right figure. He was buried in the former grave of Jewish musicologist Max Friedlaender, a gravesite chosen deliberately by the right-wing extremists.

The incident at the cemetery

They intentionally chose a Jewish grave as an act of provocation, trying to gain maximum publicity for this act of desecration. And the cemetery authorities at the graveyard in Stahnsdorf fell for it. The church issued an immediate apology, calling it a "terrible mistake" and saying they "must immediately see whether and what we can undo."

There are so many incidents that get little to no media attention.

It's unfathomable that this burial was allowed to take place at all, but now the cemetery authorities need to make a decision quickly about how to put things right. Otherwise, the grave may well become a pilgrimage site for Holocaust deniers and antisemites.

The incident has garnered attention in the international press and it will live long in the memory. Like the case of singer-songwriter Gil Ofarim, who recently claimed he was subjected to antisemitic abuse at a hotel in Leipzig. Details of the crime are still being investigated. But there are so many other incidents that get little to no media attention.

Photo of the grave of Jewish musicologist Max Friedlaender

The grave of Jewish musicologist Max Friedlaender

Jens Kalaene/dpa/ZUMA

Crimes against Jews are rising

Across all parts of society, antisemitism is on the rise. Until a few years ago, Jewish life was seen as an accepted part of German society. Since the attack on the synagogue in Halle in 2019, the picture has changed: it was a bitter reminder that right-wing terror against Jewish people has a long, unbroken history in Germany.

Stories have abounded about the coronavirus crisis being a Jewish conspiracy; meanwhile, Muslim antisemitism is becoming louder and more forceful. The anti-Israel boycott movement BDS rears its head in every debate on antisemitism, just as left-wing or post-colonial thinking are part of every discussion.

Jewish life needs to be allowed to step out of the shadows.

Since 2015, the number of antisemitic crimes recorded has risen by about a third, to 2,350. But victims only report around 20% of cases. Some choose not to because they've had bad experiences with the police, others because they're afraid of the perpetrators, and still others because they just want to put it behind them. Victims clearly hold out little hope of useful reaction from the state – so crimes go unreported.

And the reality of Jewish life in Germany is a dark one. Sociologists say that Jewish children are living out their "identity under siege." What impact does it have on them when they can only go to nursery under police protection? Or when they hear Holocaust jokes at school?

Germany needs to take its antisemitism seriously

This shows that the country of commemorative services and "stumbling blocks" placed in sidewalks as a memorial to victims of the Nazis has lost its moral compass. To make it point true north again, antisemitism needs to be documented from the perspective of those affected, making it visible to the non-Jewish population. And Jewish life needs to be allowed to step out of the shadows.

That is the first thing. The second is that we need to talk about specifically German forms of antisemitism. For example, the fact that in no other EU country are Jewish people so often confronted about the Israeli government's policies (according to a survey, 41% of German Jews have experienced this, while the EU average is 28%). Projecting the old antisemitism onto the state of Israel offers people a more comfortable target for their arguments.

Our society needs to have more conversations about antisemitism. The test of German democracy, as McCloy called it, starts with taking these concerns seriously and talking about them. We need to have these conversations because it affects all of us. It's about saving our democracy. Before it's too late.

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