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Domenica Niehoff; fought to regulate, legalize prostitution in Germany; at 63

DOMENICA NIEHOFF DOMENICA NIEHOFF
Associated Press / February 16, 2009
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HAMBURG - Domenica Niehoff, a former prostitute known across Germany for campaigning to have the profession legalized and regulated, has died at age 63.

German media reported Friday that Ms. Niehoff, a severe diabetic, died Thursday of complications from a lung condition.

Hamburg's Asklepios clinic, where she had been hospitalized since last week, confirmed her death.

Ms. Niehoff left prostitution in the 1990s to open her own bar in Hamburg's red-light district, St. Pauli, and turned her attention to a number of social causes.

"What I have accomplished is that more about prostitution is discussed," Ms. Niehoff said in an interview last summer with Die Welt newspaper. "That it won't be whispered about as much. "

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