October 25, 2014

Brothel in Austria provides shelter for homeless

European Parliament set on dealing with "street homelessness" by 2015

A brothel in Austria has opened up its doors to the homeless, offering a free bed, a hot shower and a meal to ten people every night.

Peter Laskaris, the owner of Vienna’s Red Rooms Laufhaus, located in the nation’s capital adds, however, that the act of kindness does not come with extra benefits, insisting that “other services are not included”.

“We are not really doing much business in the current cold weather anyway and it is the school holidays – a lot of people are off away with their families,” he said.

“Lots of our rooms are empty and it seemed a shame not to use them for a good cause. In these cold temperatures nobody should be left out on the streets.”

The brothel owner is trying to convince others in the business to do the same as temperatures in the city reach as low as -20 degrees.

“The homeless shelters are completely full. People need a warm place to stay,” he said. “None of my girls are complaining – they will have a lot of sympathy for the homeless.

Laskaris says while he has provided some security for his girls, the homeless have been on their best behaviour.

“Everyone who has taken up the offer has been very grateful to have a warm roof over their heads.”

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