Hells Angels brothel raided by 900 officers, say German police

Be an interesting gangbanging tape when it’s released.

Ever so slightly more seriously:

Prostitution is legal in Germany but police charge that the four-storey brothel complex constituted a “brutal and illegal” system that severely exploited dependent women.

Those detained in the raid were accused of tax fraud and withholding social security contributions, said police, who added that they were also investigating possible human trafficking by the club.

That the practice itself is legal makes it rather easier to investigate illegality surrounding it, no? You know where everyone is, who they are and all that?

10 thoughts on “Hells Angels brothel raided by 900 officers, say German police”

  1. So they bust the brothel for crimes against women but actually arrest people for crimes against the state?

    Why, it’s almost as if the “brutal and illegal” (can it be brutal and not illegal, I wonder?) was just an excuse.

  2. “Police charge that while Artemis had officially engaged the women as “self-employed” sex workers, they were in fact regular employees”

    Surely if the women were ‘officially engaged’, that means the authorities were aware of them being employed? Would you do that with trafficked women?

    Also, if you ran an evil sex slave business, would you run it in a large building with a 10 foot neon sign on the top, or might you be a little more discreet?

    I’m sure some of the women will reveal themselves to be trafficked, as soon as the prosecutors start asking them about their tax returns…

  3. So Much For Subtlety

    Prostitution is legal in Germany but police charge that the four-storey brothel complex constituted a “brutal and illegal” system that severely exploited dependent women.

    So pimping is alright as long as you are not too successful at it?

  4. Never trust coppers. Anything they say will be self-serving.

    It sounds like a tax-raid with a load of crap about “exploited women” as a PC justification tactic.

    Prosperity without handing over a large enough cut to the scum of the German state is likely the only thing the girls are being ” saved” from.

  5. Gotta pay for all them migrants after all. Not to mention coppers wages. Mass sex crime cover-ups cost money.

  6. It really does seem that the accusations – trafficking, sex slavery etc and the charges – tax fraud based in employment status, are quite some way apart.

    To think, if prostitution wasn’t legal and if these girls hadn’t been registered, the charges would have been really quite ridiculously nebulous.

  7. Bloke no Longer in Austria

    SMFS
    the law in germany is bloody strange. I was watching a docu about it and apparently brothels are legal in towns with a population greater than 35,000.
    The customer service is a lot better. When I used to live in Munich, I was impressed that outside the Ostbahnhof, the girls were in the cars and the punters would be walking up and down the pavement.

  8. Surely if it’s legal then you would expect that part of the aim of the regulation is that risk/reward would mean the risk of running an illegal operation vastly outweighs the extra reward you would achieve over running a legal operation.
    Tax evasion of course is a different issue and seems to be the one that’s at the heart of this raid.

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