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.
A social worker at a refugee home in Berlin Wilmersdorf said she had been monitoring the dealings of security guards with the refugees. She told ZDF she saw a guard give money to residents. When she mentioned it to the home's residents, the prostitution and pimping were confirmed, including among minors.
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