German hip hop star and former sex worker Schwesta Ewa has been sentenced to 2.5 years in prison after being accused of encouraging her fans to become sex workers, assaulting prostitutes and for committing tax fraud.
There was also a claim that she pimped fans out between November 2015 and September 2016, and did not declare the income or profits to the state. However, this charge was thrown out due to insufficient evidence.
Prostitution is legal in Germany, and Ewa claimed during her trial that all the girls participated voluntarily.
The Daily Mail reports:
Ewa was born in Poland in 1984 but moved to Kiel in the far north of Germany aged three when her mother relocated.
Having landed a job as a waitress, she got dragged into the sordid life of prostitution in the city’s red light district when she was still just a teenager.
By the time she was 20, she was addicted to crack and slept in Frankfurt Railway Station.
After a decade as a sex worker, she caught a break when German rapper Xatar saw potential in her in 2011.
He was still in prison for a €1.8million gold heist in December 2009, but when he got out he released a new album and produced Ewa’s first LP – Kurwa – which is a slang Polish term for w***e, in a nod to her past.
The album reached 11 in the German chart after it was released in 2015.
Several fans and girls that worked for her came to court to back her claims that they were in the business voluntarily.
However, it was still a problem when Ewe decided not to report her earnings to the government.
She was freed in the Western city of Frankfurt after she was given the suspended sentence.