Subsidized Sex for Pensioners: German Brothel Offers 50-Percent Discount to Senior Citizens
"Life begins at 66," reads an advertisement aimed at old people in Germany. But it's not promoting orthopedic shoes -- it's for a brothel which is offering a 50-percent discount to senior citizens.
The brothel "Pascha" in Cologne is offering a 50-percent discount to the over-66s.
"A normal session costs 50 with us -- and we're now paying 50 percent of that for these older guests," a spokesman for the brothel told the news agency Reuters. "We don't earn as much money, but we're establishing ourselves across a broader range of age groups." Prostitution is legal in Germany.
An advertisement for the new special offer on the brothel's Web site reads "Life begins at 66" and features a picture of a leather-clad active senior citizen on a motorcycle. Senior citizens also get a discount for the brothel's nightclub -- although opening as it does at 9 p.m., that might be a bit late for some.
The brothel tested the subsidized sex scheme by offering reductions once a week. The offer was so successful it has now been extended to every day. "There's been plenty of demand and people have certainly been taking advantage of the offer," the spokesman said, adding, with a certain understatement: "Older folks are more active than you think."
Cologne is something of a center for sexual innovation in Germany. The city introduced a so-called "sex tax" on the sex industry in 2004 in an attempt to balance its budget. However the discount is not the first of its kind to be offered in Germany. A brothel in Dresden in economically hard-hit eastern Germany made headlines in 2005 when it introduced a 20-percent discount for the long-term unemployed.
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