Germany hands out swimming pool etiquette guides after sexual harassment reports against migrants

Leaflets of instructional cartoons handed out at German swimming pools after reports of women being groped by migrants

                  Germany hands out swimming pool etiquette guides after sexual harassment reports against migrants

Leaflets of instructional cartoons handed out at German swimming pools after reports of women being groped by migrants.

A flyer containing bathing rules seen in a swimming pool in Munich, Germany

A flyer containing bathing rules seen in a swimming pool in Munich,

German authorities have produced an instructional leaflet of swimming pool etiquette following reports that dozens of women were groped by migrants.

The cartoons, produced by Munich public services in cooperation with the equality office, anti-discrimination office and the Centre for Intercultural Cooperation of the City of Munich, warn men not to touch women or enter the pool in their underwear instead of swimming trunks.

There is nothing specific in the 13-point cartoons directed at migrants. However, the issuing of the leaflet comes two weeks after several reports that women were harassed by migrants in German swimming pools.

Guidelines issued by the German swimming pools association in English, Arabic and FrenchGuidelines issued by the German swimming pools association in English, Arabic and French  Photo: EPA

A western German town barred adult male asylum seekers from its public indoor swimming pool after receiving complaints that some women were sexually harassed there.

Markus Schnapka, head of the social affairs department in Bornheim, a town 20 miles south of Cologne, said pool users had complained of sexual harassment by men living in a nearby asylum seeker shelter.

The cartoons warn men not to touch women or enter the pool in their underwear instead of swimming trunks

The cartoons warn men not to touch women or enter the pool in their underwear instead of swimming trunks

He said none of the complaints were criminal and the pool had agreed the ban would end once social workers confirmed the men “got the message”.

The indoor swimming pool in Bornheim, western GermanyThe indoor swimming pool in Bornheim, western Germany  Photo: DPA

“There have been complaints of sexual harassment and chatting-up going on in this swimming pool … by groups of young men, and this has prompted some women to leave (the premises),” Mr Schnapka said.

“This led to my decision that adult males from our asylum shelters may not enter the swimming pool until further notice.”

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