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What do you need to know as an escort lady in Germany?

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June 6, 2024

Working as an escort lady in Germany requires compliance with various legal regulations. Here you will find a comprehensive overview of the most important aspects that are relevant for escort services as an escort lady in Germany.

Registering a business as an escort lady in Germany

In order to be able to work as an escort lady in Germany, you must first register your business with the relevant trade office. This registration is essential so that you can legally carry out your work. During the registration process, you are required to provide personal details as well as specific information about the nature of your service. It is important that all information is correct and up-to-date to avoid any legal problems.

Expressions such as “trade fair hostess”, “model”, “hostess”, “escort service” or “service of a personal and material nature” may be used for the purpose of the company. After registering, you will receive a tax number from the tax office.

You will soon receive the tax registration questionnaire, which you must complete and return quickly. It is advisable to return the form either by e-mail or by registered letter with acknowledgement of receipt. This way you can ensure that all documents have been received.

Working as an escort or companion service is viewed critically by the German tax office, so it is advisable to always have evidence ready to prove that you are fulfilling your tax obligations. You can simply download the tax registration questionnaire, fill it out and send it directly to the tax office by email or by registered letter with acknowledgement of receipt.

Don't worry, the process is quite simple and you can find instructions online to help you fill out the form. The processing time until you are notified of your tax number can vary depending on the city, but you are allowed to start working immediately.

Prostitution protection law in the escort service

The Prostitution Protection Act has been in force in Germany since 2017. This law requires all prostitutes to register and undergo a health consultation. Registration must take place in person at the competent authority and also includes the issue of a registration certificate.

Health counseling for escorts in Germany

According to the Prostitution Protection Act (§10 ProstSchG), regular health consultations are mandatory for escorts in Germany. The purpose of these consultations is to provide information and support on health issues. A counseling session usually lasts between 45 and 90 minutes, depending on your individual counseling needs and the questions you have.

The initial consultation includes information and advice and is conducted very discreetly and as comfortably as possible.

A certificate of registration is then issued. It is also possible to obtain an additional pseudonymized registration certificate (alias certificate). This enables you to remain anonymous during checks by the office and not have to present your ID under your real name.

Making an appointment for health advice and the registration certificate

In Berlin, appointments for health counseling are made by telephone at Probea Berlin - Rathaus Schöneberg.

In Hamburg, appointments for health counseling are made by telephone or email at Probea Hamburg - Große Reichenstraße 14 in 20457 Hamburg.

In Munich, appointments are made by telephone or by email at the health department, counseling centers STI in Schwanthalerstraße 69 in 80336 Munich.

In Düsseldorf, appointments are made via a selected online appointment or by telephone at the Düsseldorf Health Department - Kölner Straße 180 in 40227 Düsseldorf.

In Frankfurt, appointments can be made by telephone or email at the Frankfurt Health Department, Breite Gasse 28.

In Stuttgart, appointments can only be made by telephone and take place at the Social Service for Sexual Health, Prostitution and Tuberculosis - Schloßstraße 91 in 70176 Stuttgart.

In Cologne, appointments are made by telephone or email and take place at the Stadthaus in Cologne Deutz - Willy-Brandt-Platz 2 in 50679 Cologne.

You must register in the city where you live.

Certificate of health counseling in accordance with the Prostitution Protection Act, issued by the Tempelhof-Schöneberg District Office in Berlin.Front of the document of the certificate at the health department Rathaus Schöneberg in Berlin with address and telephone number.

Validity of the registration certificate

If you wish to continue working as an escort lady, please note the following:

  • For women between the ages of 18-21, the extension must take place after 1 year.
  • For women older than 21 years, the extension must take place after 2 years.

Costs of the registration certificate

Unfortunately, each federal state operates differently, so no general statement can be made here. In Berlin, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Cologne and Stuttgart, the consultation and the registration certificate are free of charge.

In Munich, the consultation costs €35 and must be paid in cash on site.

The following fees are charged in Frankfurt and can be paid in cash or by EC:

  • Initial consultation + certificate (real and alias name) 44 €
  • Follow-up consultation + certificate (real and alias name) 28 € (after 1 or 2 years depending on the age of the escort lady)
  • Duplicate creation (real and alias name) 12 €

Registration certificate for prostitutes in accordance with the Prostitution Protection Act with stamp and signature. Inside of a registration certificate for prostitutes in accordance with the Prostitution Protection Act with personal entries.

Tax obligations for escort ladies in Germany

In Germany, escort ladies, like all employed persons, are obliged to pay taxes on their income. This applies to both self-employed and employed escorts. Income from prostitution is subject to income tax for self-employed persons and wage tax for employees. There are also other types of tax that may be relevant for prostitutes depending on their specific situation.

The classification as self-employed or employed is not only based on the designation in the employment contract, but depends above all on the actual working conditions. For example, employed prostitutes generally have to keep fixed working hours and receive a predetermined basic salary even if they do not visit clients. Self-employed escorts, on the other hand, bear the entrepreneurial risk, have their own business premises and organize their working and opening hours independently.

For detailed information, the e-book “Lia Models Management - Taxes” or “Lia Models Management - Escort in Germany” provides useful insights. There is also the option of taking advantage of specialized consulting services from our Lia Models team.

Tax tips for the escort industry

Ignore the numerous pieces of misinformation circulating on the internet. The idea that cosmetics and lingerie are tax deductible is incorrect.

If you would like to find out what tax opportunities actually exist and how you can use them, we will be happy to provide you with more information in a consultation or in our e-book.

Proof of age and identity verification for escort services in Germany

In Germany, the law stipulates that escort ladies must be at least 18 years old to be allowed to offer escort services. When registering, both the identity and the age of the escort ladies are carefully checked.

In conclusion....

Before you apply to become an escort or start your part-time job, there are a few preparatory steps you need to take. These preparations are crucial to ensure that you can perform your job as an escort legally and safely.

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