An Austrian entrepreneur has announced plans to open Europe's biggest brothel, with a complex boasting a 147 rooms and coach parking.
When opened in 2014 the giant brothel, officially dubbed the "FunMotel", will have capacity for 1,000 "guests" a day with around 150 sex workers employed in the £12 million project. Along with room for buses it will also have 350 parking spaces and a three-metre high perimeter wall to ensure privacy.
Peter Laskaris, the businessman behind the project who already operates a brothel in Vienna, said that the glitzy bordello's "four-star hotel" facilities will be the sex industry's shift from "grocer to supermarket".
The FunMotel will offer "swinger parties, gangbangs" and "porn stars" along with more mundane hotel attractions such as restaurants, beauty salon and gym. But 8Quadrat Developers, the Vienna-based company developing the project, claim that "the number of females" and the "affordable prices" will "ensure absolute satisfaction for male customers".
The brothel will be built at a still undisclosed location in the north-eastern state of Lower Austria, which surrounds the Austrian capital.
"We've deliberately spread false information about the location to avoid trouble before we had the authorisation to go ahead," Mr Laskaris told the Austrian newspaper Der Standard. "But it will be situated in a location that doesn't bother anyone." Werner Schmuck, a shareholder in the project, explained that new Viennese regulations requiring brothels to have official permits made locating the FunMotel in the capital an impractical option. The Austrian press reported that local authorities and the police have already given their consent to the project.
News of the mega-brothel has so far elicited a mixed reaction in a country where prostitution is both legal and regulated.
Sandra Frauenberger, councillor for women's issues on Vienna town council, told Der Standard that moving prostitution "indoors was a priority because off the streets work is safe work." But Birgit Hebeim, social affairs spokeswoman for the Vienna's Green Party, said that she did not believe that "the women and their problems dissolve into thin air because they are no longer seen".