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A rumor about free brothels in Germany coming to Greece

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Ellinika Hoaxes (Greek Hoaxes), Greece

17 March 2019, Updated: 24 May 2019

Kyriakos Velopoulos is a nationalist politician and television personality in Greece. He claimed on his show that Germany gave away free coupons to migrants to go to brothels. According to Velopoulos, starting in 2021, the Greek government will hand out coupons to go to Omonoia Square, a hub for street prostitution in Athens, to “ejaculate for free”. But this is a rumor that started in the 1980s.

Kyriakos Velopoulos, president of the Hellenic Solution political party, has brought back to the spotlight a myth that has been peddled since the 1980s about free sex coupons, which has been enriched in recent years with the idea that migrants would be the recipients of the coupons. Ellinika Hoaxes dealt with the same subject in an earlier article.

The fake “coupons” are a smash the last few years in the far right-wing circles, and several variations have appeared from time to time.

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Examples of allegations concerning sex coupons for migrants that have been debunked by German and Austrian media, are literally dozens. Indicatively:

Coupon from the Bavarian social services (Bavaria does not have such an organization), that has been debunked here.

Coupon for migrants near Hannover, has been debunked here.

Coupon for migrants near Stuttgart, has been debunked here.

Coupon for Graz (Austria) has been debunked here.

There was not and there is no real card (coupon) of free entrance to a brothel. Not for refugees, nor for anyone else, in Germany, Austria, or in any other country. It is a farce that began in the 1980s. As a matter of fact, take a look at the form under which several variations of that coupon are reproduced from time to time.

In particular, some state:

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“Social voucher of the State of FLENSBURG.

Free entrance card in Brothel.

Non-transferable.

The card is valid from Monday to Friday 09.00 - 16.00.

And just below the coupon

Print , cut, try … ”

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The 2011 coupon is based on the same pattern. It states:

“Social Security Bureau of the Free State of Bavaria.

For the citizens of Bavaria and suburbs.

Free entrance card in Brothel.

Non-transferable.

The card is valid from Monday to Friday and the holidays of the evangelical church from 09.00 to 16.00”.

The same hoax was going around in 2015 in Graz, Austria, with the sole differentiation in service hours 09.00 - 15.00.

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It is evident from all the above that Kyriakos Velopoulos attempts to exploit the anti-migrant feeling of a portion of the Greek society for electioneering purposes. In any case, the allegation that coupons are handed out to migrants for free sex in Germany, and that this will happen soon in Greece, is false. It is based on a hoax, and it is refuted.

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