One of Europe’s largest brothels has filed for bankruptcy, after being hit by Germany’s anti-coronavirus measures.
said the local newspaper Express.
Prostitution has been banned in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia since the outbreak of the virus.
About 120 prostitutes usually work in Pascha. It employs around sixty people, including cooks and hairdressers.
Mr Lobscheid criticized the German authorities’ handling of the pandemic – especially their ability to make it clear when business would be allowed to resume.
He said officials would tell them every two weeks that they couldn’t reopen.
“We can’t plan like this. We could have avoided bankruptcy with the help of the banks if we had been promised that things could start again at the beginning of next year, ”he said.
People have always sold sexual services during the pandemic, but without paying taxes, he added.
In 2006, Pascha made headlines when a group of Muslims threatened to violate an advertisement on the side of the brothel showing the flags of the 32 countries of that year’s World Cup, including Iran and Saudi Arabia, next to a half-naked woman.
Some groups have raised concerns that closing legal brothels could put prostitutes at greater risk as they are forced to work underground.