Brazil's labour minister 'used VW prostitutes'

20th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

20 October 2005, BERLIN - A sleaze scandal involving allegations that German carmaker VW organised and funded prostitutes for executives and trade union leaders widened on Thursday with a report that Brazil's current labour minister was involved in the affair.

20 October 2005

BERLIN - A sleaze scandal involving allegations that German carmaker VW organised and funded prostitutes for executives and trade union leaders widened on Thursday with a report that Brazil's current labour minister was involved in the affair.

The newspaper Die Welt published an interview with ex-VW personnel executive Klaus-Joachim Gebauer who swore under oath that VW's Brazil operations had been supplied with prostitutes and that the amount of money spent on sex had been far higher than previously reported.

Gebauer, who was sacked by VW earlier this year, told the paper Brazil's labour minister and former metal working trade union chief, Luiz Marinho, had taken part in a VW-organised visit to a brothel near the company's world headquarters in Wolfsburg.

"We took them to a brothel called 'Uschi' ... They had a closed party there. For all Brazilians things got really hot. Five girls were dancing on the tables and doing things that men really like. Finally they all went off to the private rooms. That cost EUR 1,000 each," said Gebauer as quoted by the newspaper.

Gebauer, who claims he also organised prostitutes for high-level VW meetings in Bratislava, Barcelona and Budapest, said the total amount of money spent on such entertainment in recent years was about EUR 7 million.

State prosecutors investigating the case have so far spoken of VW's alleged spending on prostitutes in the range of EUR 940,000.

DPA

Subject: German news

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