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Brothel offers free sex to clients as a protest against taxes

Justin Huggler

Published 12/06/2015 | 02:30

The brothel's owner, Hermann Müller, is paying the prostitutes out of his own pocket as a protest against what he says are unfair taxes. Picture posed
The brothel's owner, Hermann Müller, is paying the prostitutes out of his own pocket as a protest against what he says are unfair taxes. Picture posed

A brothel in Austria is offering free sex to its customers - as a tax protest. Pascha brothel in the city of Salzburg is advertising a "Summer Special".

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"We're not paying any more tax!" says an announcement on the brothel's website. "From now on: Free entry! Free drinks! Free sex!"

The brothel's owner, Hermann Müller, is paying the prostitutes out of his own pocket as a protest against what he says are unfair taxes.

"Unfortunately, we've already had to send hundreds of customers away because we had a full house," Mr Müller told Austria's 'Kronen Zeitung' newspaper.

The idea of a brothel-keeper complaining about his taxes may sound a little outlandish, but in Austria and neighbouring Germany prostitution is legal and brothels are legitimate businesses - and liable for taxes.

The German-born Mr Müller runs a chain of brothels in both countries, but the offer is only available at the Salzburg branch.

"In the past decade alone I've paid nearly €5m in taxes in Salzburg alone," he said.

"And they want more and more, instead of cracking down on illegal street and apartment prostitution."

He told 'Kronen Zeitung' he rejected any allegations he was involved in tax evasion or human trafficking.

He complained that tax officials check up on the brothel's business every 14 days. "They leave me no room for manoeuvre," he said.

Mr Müller says he is paying the prostitutes' usual hourly rate out of his own pocket, and the expense will be met from the profits of his other establishments.

Cynics might suspect another motive: according to local reports the stunt has already generated massive publicity for the brothel.

Under Austrian law, prostitutes must be self-employed - so they will still be liable for their own taxes.

The brothels operate as clubs providing the prostitutes with a safe environment to work, usually in exchange for a fee.

Mr Müller said he plans to run the free sex offer for four to eight weeks. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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