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Hamburg names street after famous German dominatrix

FILE In this Dec. 10, 1987 b&w file picture, Domenica Niehoff, a famous former  prostitute  poses in front of a poster of the movie "Taxi to Cairo", after the premier at the "Broadway" cinema in Hamburg, Germany. Authorities in Hamburg are naming a street after Germany’s most famous dominatrix they said Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. The port city, well-known for its St. Pauli red light district, is dedicating a new street to Domenica Niehoff, who died in 2009. A one-time prostitute, Niehoff gained fame in the 1980s by campaigning for sex worker rights.  (AP Photo/Claus Eckert,,file)

FILE In this Dec. 10, 1987 b&w file picture, Domenica Niehoff, a famous former prostitute poses in front of a poster of the movie "Taxi to Cairo", after the premier at the "Broadway" cinema in Hamburg, Germany. Authorities in Hamburg are naming a street after Germany‚Äôs most famous dominatrix they said Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. The port city, well-known for its St. Pauli red light district, is dedicating a new street to Domenica Niehoff, who died in 2009. A one-time prostitute, Niehoff gained fame in the 1980s by campaigning for sex worker rights. (AP Photo/Claus Eckert,,file)  (The Associated Press)

Authorities in Hamburg are naming a street after Germany's most famous dominatrix.

The port city, well-known for its St. Pauli red light district, is dedicating a new street to Domenica Niehoff, who died in 2009.

A one-time prostitute, Niehoff gained fame in the 1980s by campaigning for the rights of sex workers. She also worked to help women struggling with drug addiction.

A spokesman for the city-state of Hamburg said Monday that the street in Hamburg's Altona district is one of 10 being named after famous women.

In a statement, Joerg Schmoll said others notables being honored included German comic actress Helga Feddersen and 17th-century Jewish businesswoman Glueckel von Hameln.