German insurer admits sex party for employees
A German insurance firm admitted Thursday organising a sex party for its best-performing sales representatives in a Hungarian spa, saying it was part of an "incentive trip."
"It is true that in June 2007 there was an incentive trip of our HMI (Hamburger Mannheimer Insurance) unit to Budapest. Our research has shown that there were around 20 prostitutes present at an evening event," a spokeswoman for insurance firm Ergo said.
She stressed however in an emailed statement that this was a "serious breach of company regulations and will not be tolerated. The managers and the board member responsible for this no longer work for us."
The firm gave no details, but the business daily Handelsblatt quoted one unnamed participant as saying that the guests were able to take the women to four-poster beds at the spa "and do whatever they liked."
"After each such encounter the women were stamped on the lower arm in order to keep track of how often each woman was frequented," the paper quoted the man as saying.
"The women wore red and yellow wristbands," he added. "One lot were hostesses, the others would fulfil your every wish.
"There were also women with white wristbands. They were reserved for board members and the very best sales reps."
An Ergo spokesman said that the event took place at the plush Gellert Baths in Budapest. He said around 100 people were on the trip but was unable to say how many attended the evening event in question.
He added that the managers and board members responsible had not left the company because of the affair but for other reasons.
© 2011 AFP