Hamburg to name street after former prostitute who fought for sex workers’ rights

Universally and unsurprisingly, more streets are named after men.

 Domenica Anita Niehoff, streets after women, streets named after women, hamburg street, hamburg street named after prostitute. street named after prostitute, This was not the first time Niehoff had been recognised for her contributions to society. Photo: Claus Eckert/AP via Guardian

Hamburg recently announced that it would name one of its streets after a famous German activist who was once a prostitute. Domenica Anita Niehoff, who passed away in February 2009 due to a lung disease, was a fierce advocate for the rights of sex workers. A former prostitute, she became an activist who pushed for legalising her profession, and made efforts in appearing on television shows in order to re-sculpt social attitudes towards sex and prostitution. She also worked towards helping prostitutes cope with their drug addiction. Over the course of her activism, Niehoff gradually began starring in feature films like Desperado City (1981) and Messalina – Kaiserin und Hure (1977) and became an increasingly known figure in mainstream conversations.