Austria’s ‘free sex’ brothel owner arrested in tax dispute

An Austrian brothel owner who made worldwide headlines in 2015 when he offered free sex to punters as a protest against paying tax has once again run into trouble with the taxman.

Austria's 'free sex' brothel owner arrested in tax dispute
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Hermann Müller, 62, who runs the Pascha brothels in Linz, Graz and Salzburg, spent ten hours in a jail cell on Wednesday night after being arrested in connection to the latest tax scandal.

After his release, the brothel king – who is accused of evading €1.2 million in tax – described his stay in prison as “not bad” and told Heute newspaper: “The prison was better than many hotels.”

According to Müller, the authorities want him to employ the women who work in the brothels. “But I cannot and will not do that,” he said.

The Pascha boss made international headlines in June 2015 when he said he would offer free sex to punters all summer in protest of what he saw as punitive taxation of his businesses.

Men were reportedly queuing round the block at the establishments after the business posted online: “We are not paying taxes any more. Effective immediately: Free Entrance! Free Drinks! Free Sex!”

At the time of the announcement, Müller said he would compensate the up to €10,000 a month that prostitutes would forego in the giveaway.