West Germany: Reform Along the Raper

At one end of the broad, cobblestone boulevard stands a cluster of trim modern apartments; at the other rises a glass-and-steel office building. In between lies "the Raper"—Europe's greatest and gaudiest fleshpot. The Reeperbahn of Hamburg's Sankt Pauli district strings more sin along its garishly lighted main drag and crooked side streets than ten Tijuanas or 16 Sohos.

Of Sankt Pauli's 13,000 inhabitants, fully 3,000 are prostitutes. In the 200 yards of Herbertstrasse alone, 20 bordellos stand perfumed cheek by painted jowl, while round-the-clock shifts of whores sit waxen and wooden-faced...

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