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Flat-rate brothel allowed to reopen after raid

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Flat-rate brothel allowed to reopen after raid
The Fellbach 'Pussy Club,' which remains closed. Photo: DPA
09:06 CEST+02:00
One of the two so-called flat-rate bordellos closed down this week after police raids has been allowed to reopen in Heidelberg, a spokesperson said on Thursday.

Before gaining to permission to open, the brothel was forced to change its offer of €70 for unlimited sex with prostitutes and free drinks. Now the establishment offers “20 minutes of sex for only €25,” according to its website. Further arrangements are subject to “negotiation.”

The controversial flat-rate deals at brothels have come under fire in recent weeks by human rights advocates and politicians in recent weeks.

On Monday some 700 officers searched brothels that offer such deals in four states on suspicion that the establishments were employing foreign prostitutes without work visas and withholding their social benefits.

The two brothels in Heidelberg and Fellbach were closed due to poor hygienic conditions. Massage tables and other surfaces were reportedly so dirty that they were a health hazard.

The “Pussy Club” in Fellbach remains closed. The other two brothels offering flat-rate deals in Wuppertal and Berlin's Schönefeld district were not shut down.

Meanwhile the Heidelberg bordello is under pressure from the city, which has cited zoning laws as grounds for closure. A decision from the administrative court in Karlsruhe is expected soon.

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