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I’m not a pimp: I pay a lot of tax and I try to protect our women, says brothel manager.
He works in Prague as the manager of a luxury brothel. Trained psychologist Lukáš Sedláček and his colleague Kateřina Šteklová gave Seznam a frank interview about how the paid erotic services business model works, and how they see their work in terms of morals.
That’s the way it goes in the brothel in Holešovice! I often get a sore arm from the all-night shifts, says Simona (29).
It seems that every other Prague resident has heard about the infamous building with its gaudy red windows called Showpark Market. But what exactly happens within its walls is known only by its customers and the so-called performing artists, as the girls who work in Showpark are known. Simona (29) is one of them, having worked there for nine years, and she gave us a peek behind the curtains at the erotic secrets which shroud this business on the verge of extinction.
The last opportunity for empowerment. Sex work in the Czech Republic.
According to surveys by the organisation Rozkoš bez rizika (Pleasure without Risk), paid sex work is undertaken by between 10 and 13 thousand people. As well as suffering from stigma, those performing the “oldest profession” are also in an ambiguous position in terms of Czech law. They find themselves in a kind of legal vacuum where their work is neither allowed nor forbidden. Are sex workers looking to be legalised?
Petra Mikolášová talks to Hana Malinová, director of Rozkoš bez rizika, and Kateřina Šteklová, manager of the Showpark nightclub, on the reality and myths of the taboo subject of sex work.
Artist Patrik Saudek showcases an extended collection of large-format pictures in a vernissage at ShowPark DaVINCI.
After more than a year, painter Patrik Saudek has adorned the ShowPark DaVINCI premises with three new paintings which have become part of the largest collection of his large-format paintings, entitled Matrix. Guests and journalists bore witness to the unveiling of Patrik Saudek’s latest work, to become the property of a private collector, one who nevertheless continues to wish for the collection to remain within ShowPark DaVINCI premises. Visitors to his nightclub will thus have the opportunity to view these nine large-format works by this renowned artist in the one place.
ShowPark beats Star Wars and Konopiště in visitor numbers, but Prague Castle comes out top in the statistics.
The year is coming to an end, and it becomes important once again to draw together some core statistics. Did you know that more people visited the Showpark entertainment business in 2016 than did the zoo in Ústí nad Labem, and the screening of Star Wars: the Force Awakens in the Czech Republic? But there are many other rather surprising statistics for last year.