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Fake 'brothel vouchers' for refugees stir far-right hatred

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Fake 'brothel vouchers' for refugees stir far-right hatred
Screenshot from official Pegida Facebook fan page.
13:02 CET+01:00
Right-wing social media groups have been sharing pictures of alleged “free brothel vouchers" given to refugees. But the coupons are well-known fakes.

Photos of the “brothel passes” have been shared on right-wing sites, showing coupon-like slips of paper declaring a “free ticket for a one-time complimentary bordello visit” from various social services offices.

"I find this crazy," wrote one member of the Facebook group called PEGIDA + Official Fan Group on Monday.

But as the German-language anti-Internet abuse initiative Mimikama reported recently, these tickets are fakes that have been popping up as a hoax for years.

One pass allegedly from Bavaria’s Social Services Office states that the coupon is non-transfereable and valid Mondays through Fridays as well as on Christian holidays between 9am and 4pm.

But the state of Bavaria does not have a centralized social services office.

According to Mimikama, such passes have been showing up on humour sites like Lachschon.de since at least 2011 - long before the refugee crisis.

The group also found that similar faux-tickets were circulating as far back as the 1980s, as mentioned in a book published in 1989.

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