How the Djibouti Palace Kempinski Hotel facilitates prostitution

17-03-2016 Source: OneWorld
How the Djibouti Palace Kempinski Hotel facilitates prostitution
Room in the Kempinski hotel in Djibouti
The staff of a five-star luxury hotel in Djibouti openly assists guests who want to take a girl up to their room. This is against the law.
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The Djibouti Palace Kempinski is known as the first five-star luxury hotel in the Horn of Africa. Kempinski Hotels, according to its spokesperson “adheres to the highest standards of ethical behavior”. However, in reality it turned out to be no problem to spend the night there with a local prostitute. While it is the question whether the girls perform sex work voluntarily, and while prostitution is against the Djiboutian law, the hotel staff openly facilitates it.

In our most recent publication on Djibouti you can read how we paid 30 dollars at the hotel reception of a Western hotel chain to take the Ethiopian-Somali Fatiha up to our room. Half of what the girl earns herself (if she gets to keep the proceeds).

Kempinski denies all allegations in the article, and reserves all of rights to defend themselves against defamatory statements, according to the spokesperson of the chain. 

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