West Germany: Riding the Sexwelle

WEST GERMANY Riding the Sexwelle The phenomenon that West Germans call the Sexwelle (sex wave) threatens to reach tidal proportions. Advertisements feature undressed girls, sex boutiques in several cities offer an endless variety of erotic paraphernalia, and coyly clinical ''sex education" films pack moviehouses. In Hamburg's seamy, mile-square St. Pauli district, whose fleshpots draw 300,000 visitors a month, businessmen who are shy about being spotted on the notorious Reeperbahn can swing into an underground garage, park, choose a fraülein at a discreet Kontakthof (contact court), then take an elevator to one of two six-story, modern sexscrapers...

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