Forms of legal prostitution heighten human trafficking risks in poorer EU states

When an Austrian businessman announced plans to transform the sex industry from “grocer to supermarket” by opening Europe’s largest brothel on the outskirts of Vienna by 2014, organizations that provide aid to local sex-trafficking victims sounded alarm bells.

The 14.2 million euro project, known as the FunMotel, will have capacity for more than 1,000 visitors per day across 147 rooms as well as parking space for coaches, according to reports in the Austrian media. The Vienna-based developers behind the project, 8Quadrant, say the “number of females” and the “affordable prices” will “ensure absolute satisfaction for male customers.” It is to be built in a secret location outside the capital, in Lower Austria, to dodge Vienna’s new licensing regulations.
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