Interview with the author Manfred Herrmann author Manfred Herrmann was born on March 19, 1952 in Munster and now lives in bad Nenndorf. Just in time for the Frankfurt book fair the author presented his first book BIGGI In the shadows of the night of the public. Topics are addressed in this book which are still trivialized in our society: pornography, prostitution, and gambling. Herrmann, who is employed at the Landeskriminalamt and gained extensive knowledge about the life and habits in the prostitute – and pimp-milieu during his period of service in the Department of customs, does not mince words in his book and describes this environment from the perspective of his long career. Jutta Schutz (JS): You have published on September 20, 2010, about the tredition publishing your first novel and you have chosen a very charged issue. What has moved you to write about this red-light district?” Manfred Herrmann (MH): In the three years of my activity in the field of custom had I chance to study life in prostitution. This, I realized that women in prostitution are the weakest link in a chain of violence, exploitation and crime. They are due to different dependencies forced to steal, cheat and prone to violence also against fellow.
The cost of a prostitute is very high: 1 large amount of their revenue goes to her pimp. 2. high day rental in the brothels. 3. block costs (drink forced acceptance). 4. money for lingerie and cosmetics, hairdressing and tanning bed. 5.
money for their addiction: alcohol, pills, heroin, etc. 6 rental for your own apartment if available. 7. medical expenses. Nothing remains there for their own lives. The result is the creation of day and night without break. In this case, the woman takes health risks because she must push himself again and again. At the end she gets in high levels of debt and if it then no longer brings up enough the pimp she is sold to an another pimp in another city.” “JS: what do you expect from the readers of your book?” MH: My intention is that I can convince by the blatant portrayal, the one or the other woman to earn their money in other ways.