This story is based on an article from The London Daily Telegraph which reported that following the legalisation of prostitution and brothels in Germany, women from the Job Centre were being sent to fill vacancies at these establishments, and that should they refuse they could lose their benefits. Subsequent to the report a brothel owner did take legal action but a judge threw the case out. However, like the good old British red top tabloids why let a few inconvenient facts stand in the way of a good story? The action takes place in a city in Germany. So if you're sitting comfortably...
It was a perfectly ordinary street, but at the same time extraordinary, and what had to be number 37, had to be because although it didn't have a number on the door, the doors either side were 35 and 39, was perfectly ordinary except ... Like many city streets it wasn't particularly wide, it had three and four storey buildings on either side, joined to form long terraces. At one time all the properties had been residential, but now some were offices, some had been converted to apartments and one, she noted with a shudder, was a dentist surgery another a doctors. And there was the one with the knocker. Number 37.
Brita had walked up and down the street, on the other side of course, perhaps a half dozen times. But who was counting? She was, by turns, experiencing the chill and butterflies of nervousness, and the white heat of fury at being forced into this situation, and by turns her fury focused on someone to blame. Her mother whose illness forced her to become the family's bread winner? The stupid politicians, all men of course, who had caused the problem with their incompetent framing of laws, or should that be the civil servants, parasites, one and all? Or men with their filthy lusts. That's what grandmother always said. But Brita wasn't too sure of that, all her dealings with men, and there had not been many, had been, well, pleasurable. Then there was the dried up old bag at the Job Centre; no one would want her anyway. Certainly no one could blame her! She looked at the door again. The chill and the butterflies returned. There was nothing particularly remarkable about it, the door was stained dark brown with a purple tint, she supposed to resemble mahogany, and set in a wooden frame in the stone façade of the building, but screwed to one of the panels was the final insult to be added to the injury of having to be here at all. It was the figure of a naked man, grinning straight at her, well aware of the enormous pair of testicles between his spread legs. Testicles that were hinged to be used as a knocker. Men!
She thought back to yesterday. Yesterday she had just been out of work like so many others, as she had been for several months, in fact she had never had a job since leaving university, and like so many others she had gone to the Job Centre. Nothing difficult or unusual there, but on this occasion she had been called in for an interview.
She had sat down opposite the interviewer, a mousy woman in her mid fifties.
"Miss Becker, you've been out of work for three months now," the woman stated.
"Yes, I have tried, really I have. I can't find anything that I'm qualified for and if I go for a job as a waitress or something like that they say that with a university degree I'm overqualified. It isn't that I'm not willing to work, but I have to look after my mother too..." The words tumbled out.
"Well, we have a job vacancy that you can apply for."
She handed over a card with a name and address on it together with a job specification.
"Sex worker? This must be a sick joke. I'm not a whore and I'm not going to be a one."
"I'm afraid the law says that if you don't take this job you'll lose you benefit."
"That's blackmail. I won't do it."
"As I said, it's the law. Prostitution and brothels were made legal last year so that there can be greater control over them, particularly over the trafficking of women. The brothel owners as legitimate employers have threatened to take us to court if we don't send someone in answer to their requests for staff. It is, as I said, a legitimate employment opportunity."
"But why me?"
"You have the necessary qualifications."
The interviewer looked at her. As far as she was concerned being female and having a pulse were the only qualifications she could think of for such a job. She shuddered; she didn't like this one little bit, but she was under just as much compulsion as this poor girl.
"The last woman we sent didn't suit them, too old they said, and they've threatened us with legal action if we don't send someone who is suitable for the position. I don't like it, but that's the situation. Take the job, or lose your benefit. The interview is tomorrow morning, I shall call them and tell them you are coming."
Brita left the Job Centre in a haze, almost walking in front of a car. As she jumped back she wondered whether that wouldn't be a better option. She pulled herself together and walked home to the flat where she lived with her wheelchair bound mother.
She fussed around getting the evening meal.
"Did you visit the Job Centre today, dear?"
"Did they have anything for you?"
"You could say that."
"Well did they or didn't they? What did they have?" Her mother, always short of patience, was beginning to sound exasperated.
"They call it a sex worker, but a rose by any other name."
"Oh. Are you going? It doesn't seem the sort of thing you wanted."
"It isn't what I wanted; I don't want to do this, but I'm told that if I don't then I'll lose benefit. And that'll be the end of us."
"Well, you have to provide for us, and I understand it pays well. And you're not a virgin are you?"
Her mother's reference to finding her in bed with a boyfriend whilst she was still at school was the final straw and Brita burst into tears and rushed off to her bedroom.
This morning she had dressed in unflattering clothes and hadn't bothered with her hair. She thought this might put the potential employer off, little realising that it was what was under the clothes that would be of interest to them.
She finally resolved to cross the street and use that disgusting knocker. She realised that she really had no choice in the matter and she put out her hand to take hold of the offensive object. Her hand had not quite made contact when the door opened. Brita's heart sank, there standing before her was a large grey haired woman in a long black dress, who closely resembled her late grandmother, a redoubtable woman whose word had been law. When grandmother, and it was never shortened, said jump, and it might have been phrased as a request, but it always sounded like an order, you jumped. The only possible question would have been how high, but that was never necessary because grandmother would have specified the distance to the centimetre and woe betide if your jump wasn't precisely as she wanted. Brita knew instinctively that she couldn't say no to this woman, and her heart sank further.
"Come in," said the dragon, standing to one side.
The woman closed the door with a solid thump, and Brita heard the thud of the knocker as it obeyed the third law of motion and fell back like part of a comical set of Newton's Balls. She was standing in a sumptuously decorated foyer, discrete lighting revealing dark wood panelling and ornate ceilings with thick, dark patterned carpet on the floor. Leading upwards was a carpeted staircase with an iron balustrade capped with a mahogany handrail.
"You've wasted fifteen minutes walking up and down the street six times, do think we've nothing to do but wait on you girl?" The woman asked over her shoulder as she strode up the stairs with Brita almost running behind her.
Brita decided it was a rhetorical question and remained silent.
They entered a heavily furnished office.
The woman went around a large desk and sat, indicating that Brita should sit on the rather uncomfortable chair in front of the desk.
"I am Frau Voss, I own this establishment. You will call me Madam. You are Brita Becker, yes?"
Frau Voss check age and date of birth, address and whether she had any medical conditions and that she was taking contraceptive pills.
"I knew a Katherine Becker, years ago..." she had a faraway look for a moment."
"My Grandmother was Katherine," said Brita, momentarily struck by the thought that it was odd that all three generations of women in her family had the same surname.
"No matter, it wouldn't have been the same woman I'm sure. Now, you'll have a thorough medical, and..." and she went on to tell Brita that she would be paid the minimum wage but that she would receive a bonus for every client, what the conditions were, hours of working, one week daytime and one week evenings, and so on. At no time could Brita get a word in edgeways to say that she didn't want to work there, that she wasn't going to be a prostitute, and that the whole thing revolted her. Especially that knocker, which seemed so at odds with the refined taste of the interior. The main problem was that she was so in awe of the woman that she was largely tongue tied and was just being swept along, almost as though she was in a fast flowing river and it was all she could do to keep her head above water. She almost felt breathless.
"We'll need a professional name for you. What do you fancy?"
Brita wasn't sure she understood and before she could say anything.
"What's your mother's name?"
"Uh, it's Lilli."
"Good, that'll do nicely, that's what we'll call you. Lilli."
"Right. Go through there," she indicated the door to an adjoining room, "and get stripped off, the doctor will be here shortly and you've wasted enough time already."
Brita found herself in a room kitted out for medical examinations, complete with table for gynaecological examinations.
Frau Voss stuck her head through the door.
"Hurry up girl."
Brita went behind a screen and undressed, placing her clothes on a nearby chair. She could hardly believe she was doing it, but couldn't think what else to do, and she then realised that there was nothing for her to put on. Surely the nightmare would be over soon.
Frau Voss came into the room again.
"Come out from behind there girl."
"B, but there's nothing to put on, no robe."
"Doesn't matter, we're all girls here, come along."
Brita, now Lilli, stepped out.
"Right, stand up straight, hands by your sides..." Brita did as she was told, "and turn around..." Brita turned around so that Frau Voss could see all of her; she had convinced herself that she would be out of here shortly, never to return.
"Yes," Frau Voss said when she turned full circle. "Well, God knows there's not a lot of you, skinny isn't in it, and no tits to speak of either. Still, I suppose you'll appeal to the latent paedophiles. We'll have to get rid of that bush though. Ah! Doctor Gunther, just in time."
This last to the middle aged man who had just bustled into the room carrying a black medical bag.
"Good morning, Frau Voss, this is the latest addition eh? Better get her covered, she'll catch cold."
He went to a cupboard and took out a towelling robe that was hanging there.
"There, put that on, I hate having girls shivering when I examine them. Now, what's your name?"
Brita and Frau Voss spoke simultaneously.
"Lilli," said Frau Voss. "Don't you forget that," she said to Brita.
The doctor listened to her heart and breathing and took some blood samples.
"Up on the table then Lilli," said Doctor Gunther.
Brita got up onto the examination table. Like all women she hated this, her legs in the stirrups and her private parts on full display. Except that no one seemed to consider them private any longer. The nightmare didn't seem to be ending. Frau Voss moved a clip over each ankle.
The doctor didn't take long over his examination. Sitting on a stool and peering intently into Brita's depths he made a quip about it being just as well she wasn't a virgin, and after nodding that everything seemed in order, he turned to Frau Voss.
"She's fine, no problems. Starting her now?"
"I'll slip back in about an hour then. Good bye for now Lilli," he said cheerfully, and left.
Brita was left no time to wonder what he meant because almost immediately another girl came in. She was a little older than Brita, blonde and much more curvaceous. Brita was still on the examination table with her legs up, the clips seemed to be stopping her from getting her legs down.
"Ah, Mitzi. Could you give Lilli a shave whilst she is here? Then if you'll take her and give her something suitable to wear we can get started."
"What?" said Brita. "I don't want..."
"It isn't what you want girl, it's the clients we have to think of, and hygiene too, of course. Quick as you can Mitzi."
"Yes, Madam," said the new arrival.
She busied herself sorting out what she would need and then Brita felt her applying shaving soap followed by the scrape of a razor.
"You can do this yourself, but it's much easier if we do it for each other," said Mitzi. "Stop squirming or I'll cut you and then we'll both be in trouble."
And after a few minutes: "There, all done. Smooth as a baby's bum. I'll put some lubricant on for you."
She proceeded to rub the lubricant around the delicate petals of Brita's opening, gradually extending up to her most sensitive spot. Without thinking Brita had relaxed and now began to feel very good, but before anything could happen the fingers stopped. She looked at Mitzi who grinned at her.
"No time now," and reached up and flicked off the restraints that had held Brita's legs in place.
"Make sure you use plenty of that," she said, indicating the lubricant. "Rightho, let's get on with it. Come on."
Mitzi led the way along a plushly carpeted corridor and opened the door to a bedroom. The décor, as with most everything else that Brita had seen was fin de siècle, the heavy darkly coloured style that inspired memories of far better times, although before the advent of penicillin, Brita thought darkly, perhaps they weren't really better.
"You use this room. I've put out something for you to wear today, but on the way home you'd best get your own work wear, there's a branch of Viktorias Geheimnis in the shopping centre. Put that robe in the cupboard, and hurry."
Work wear? All Brita could see were a diaphanous camisole and a pair of knickers which might just as well not have existed.
"What is the point of this? It doesn't cover anything."
"Exactly. Now, have you makeup in your bag?"
"I never use it."
"I'll get you some of mine, not good colouring but it'll have to do."
Two minutes and Mitzi was back, two more and she had powdered Brita's face, and then plucked some hair from her eyebrows, accompanied by a certain amount of dissent, finishing with a bright red lipstick. Brita stood up.
"There, you look good enough to eat," she leant forward and kissed Brita on the lips, "but later."
She stood back.
"Ah, shoes," she exclaimed, "I forgot; hope these fit."
She gave Brita a pair a red shoes with four inch heels.
"I've never worn anything like these; I'll break my neck."
"No you won't. Just walk on tiptoe. Come on, we're late."
All the hurrying kept Brita of balance mentally and coping with the shoes didn't help. Mitzi led the way downstairs and turned into a large room with an abundance of softly upholstered chairs. Again the style of décor matched everything else Brita had seen.
Standing in the room was a tall man, about thirty years old she thought. He was very muscular with a full head of dark, wavy hair and a deep scar down one cheek. Not a handsome man, but quite striking with bright blue eyes. Not the sort of face that you would forget.
"This is Albert. He's the handyman," Mitzi giggled. "He'll give you a run through on do's and dont's"
Albert was dressed in a heavy blue silk shirt with an open neck and full sleeves caught at the wrist with a simple cuff, and a pair of jeans that moulded themselves to his every curve. He merely needed a whip to complete the impression of a lion tamer. But he was in fact the lion, and Brita was the gazelle in his sights.
Brita's problems just seemed to multiply. She had been pushed and harried until she didn't know which way was up, and on top of that Mitzi had almost rubbed her to orgasm, and then kissed her. With a promise of more later! Now this man with the bright blue eyes had her mesmerised. She was like a rabbit illuminated by blue headlights. She knew she wanted to run, but somehow she couldn't.
"Take my arm," he told her, "and smile. Keep the smile painted on and lead me to your room."
They mounted the stairs side by side and walked along the corridor to 'her' room. Once inside he instructed her to undo his jeans, telling her to be gentle when extracting his manhood, and then to manipulate it to make sure it was hard.
"The more you do that the quicker things will be over, but not too quick, men pay to get it inside you, not outside. Now, you should have a condom handy ... the box on the side, that's right, ahh, your hands are a bit chilly, not too bad though. There is a trick you can learn to put a condom on with your mouth, men love that."
Brita didn't have long to wonder what would happen next, Albert simply picked her up, pulled her knickers down and off and laid her on the bed. Before she could protest, and at this point she wasn't sure she wanted to, Albert knelt between her legs, rubbed himself up and down between her labia and entered her.
"Oh!" she said.
"Good," said Albert. "Nice reaction, the customers will like that. He thrust in further and she groaned again.
"Now, get you bum moving, you're not an Englander!"
Brita started to move up and down.
"Good, that's very good, yes, my god your tight and ... uhh."
"My god, I haven't lost control like that since I was knee high. You, my girl are sitting on a fortune!"
Albert got up and removed the condom.
"Does the handyman always get to go first?" she asked with an impish smile.