Translated from German
Original published at abendzeitung-muenchen.de on 27 March 2014
Brothel owner admits to beating prostitutes
A brothel owner has admitted to the court that he has beaten his prostitutes [sic].
The Schweinfurt brothel owner has stood trial for human trafficking for several months. After prostitutes confirmed many of the charges, the man breaks his silence – and admits: violence was at times a daily occurrence at the brothel.
Schweinfurt – In the trial over human trafficking in a Schweinfurt brothel, the owner has admitted to having consistently beaten prostitutes. It was also intended as a disciplinary measure, the 38-year-old main defendant confirmed on Thursday upon the judges’ inquiry. The extensive trial at Schweinfurt Landgericht [district court] started in mid-December, but the man had kept his silence so far. He denied having threatened women with the death of family members during his confession.
The man is said to have prevented the prostitutes from leaving the brothel with violence and threats. Several alleged victims confirmed the charges in court. He allegedly lured some of them to Germany with false promises.
The man stressed that his online ads had always clearly indicated that it was about prostitution. According to his characterization, the beatings occurred mainly due to annoyance and anger when the women did not follow his rules – for instance if they failed to hide a colleague without valid papers during an inspection. He also consumed a lot of cocaine and alcohol, he said.
“Were you not also trying to make an example of them with this?” asked presiding judge Erik Ohlenschlager. “I suppose I did,” the defendant replied. However, he also stressed that the women were not locked in and that they could have left the brothel. “If one of them felt she absolutely had to leave, she could leave, any time.” When three women disappeared, however, he tried to find them again – and he also admits to having used threats to do so.
The man said little or nothing with regard to the charges against his co-defendant, a brothel guard. A separate trial has meanwhile been initiated against another alleged accomplice because he only participated in a small number of the 40 charges against the brothel owner.