Saarbrücken (ots) - A 52-year-old brothel operator was sentenced to two years' imprisonment, suspended on probation, for illegal work and tax evasion by the Saarbrücken regional court.
The German citizen employed numerous prostitutes in her brothels in Saarland from 2016 to 2019 under the guise of so-called bogus self-employment, thereby evading taxes and social security contributions totaling around EUR 800.000.
The investigations of the main customs office in Saarbrücken, which were carried out in cooperation with the Saarland state police and the Saarbrücken tax investigation department, showed that the prostitutes were not self-employed entrepreneurs, but were employed in the brothels.
For example, the prices for sexual services were specified in detail by the operator. In addition, a fixed portion of the generated income had to be paid to the boss. The working hours were not, as is usual for a self-employed person, flexible, but rather non-negotiable.
The operator deliberately failed to pay the social security contributions and taxes for her employees.
She knowingly wrongly explained to the authorities that she was only renting the rooms of her brothels to the ladies and had nothing to do with the prostitutes' other business activities. The workers were instructed to give false information about their employment relationships during controls in order to conceal the bogus self-employment.
Due to the amount of the total damage determined, the brothel operator was arrested by customs officers at the beginning of February because of the risk of escape and blackout. She remained in custody until the trial at the end of March.
The brothel operator confessed in court.
The judgment is final as of today.
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Originally written by: Main customs office in Saarbrücken
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