Camp brothels were usually built as barracks surrounded by a barbed-wire fence, with small individual rooms for up to 20 female prisoners, controlled by a female overseer. Jewish males were not allowed in the brothels. Some VIPs paid extra for specialized services. Some of the women were forced to undergo sterilizations or abortions, often resulting in their death.
Brothels were also deployed in an effort to counter homosexuality. The German authorities saw homosexuality as a disease, and believed it could be cured by contact with women.