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Austrian Brothel: Free Sex in Protest of Country's Taxes on Prostitution

By    |   Monday, 15 Jun 2015 02:25 PM

An Austrian brothel is offering up free sex to customers in protest against the country’s high taxes on prostitution in a promotion now drawing international attention.

“We’re not paying any more tax,” reads a notice on Pascha's website advertising an eight week-long "Summer Special," according to The Telegraph.

Hermann Muller, the owner of the brothel, told the U.K. newspaper that he has been paying Pascha’s prostitutes out of his own pocket to avoid paying taxes on the club's earnings.

Muller — who operates several Austrian and German brothels and refers to himself as the "red light district king," according to the Daily Mail — maintains that he is not involved in tax evasion, human trafficking, or illegal prostitution, but is running a legitimate business in which the government has left him “no room to maneuver.” Prostitution is legal in Austria and Germany but tax officials allegedly check on the brothel every 14 days.

"In the past decade alone I’ve paid nearly €5M ($5.6 million USD) in taxes in Salzburg alone,” Muller told the Daily Mail. He insists that the taxes are unfair for licensed brothels to have to pay because they were imposed to combat illegal street and apartment prostitution.

Even though Muller is not paying taxes on the money he pays his employees out-of-pocket, Pascha’s prostitutes are self-employed, as Austrian law requires, and must still pay taxes on their own money earned. Prostitutes choose to operate in clubs rather than independently because the establishments provide them with a safer work environment.

The “Summer Special” has been a good publicity ploy for Pascha, which has had to turn people away because of overcrowding.

“Unfortunately we’ve already had to send hundreds of customers away because we had a full house,” Muller told Austrian paper Kronen Zeitung.

Pascha has received some help from other local brothels to finance the “Summer Special” but still, Muller cannot afford to service non-paying customers much longer. The protest will not last more than eight weeks, reports the DailyMail.com.

There are estimated 3,500 to 6,000 prostitutes in Austria and about 15,000 clients each day. The prevalence of prostitution in Austria raises concerns about rape and violence, especially because it is estimated that a fourth of arrested prostitutes have some type of sexually transmitted disease, says the Daily Mail.

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