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Big Sister is a brothel and associated voyeuristic free site, located in Prague, Czech Republic. It is the only brothel where customers can use the women's services for free, subsidized by paying Internet viewers; live video and audio streams and archived videos of the activity in the brothel are available on the website for a fee.[1] These subscription fees, as well as sales of DVDs of the recorded action, represent the company's main source of income. The produced video content contains coverage of the guests with the women, as well as amateur couples that come into the house, and coverage of the shooting of adult productions that take place in the house.

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Legal questions

Prostitution in the Czech Republic is allowed for persons over 18 years of age; pimping is illegal (Sec. 204 of the Criminal Code); brothels operate in a legal grey area. Since customers of Big Sister do not pay for the women's services, from a legal point of view the project is not regarded as prostitution.

Creation, ownership, location

Big Sister opened as a regular brothel in May 2004, and the Internet operation began in April 2005.[2] It was created for about 5 million € by two Austrian businessmen[3], one being Heribert Greinix.[4] They have been active in the Prague night life for seven years and also own other Prague establishments,[2] including the Prague sex club K5.

The brothel is located in the Smíchov district of Prague, Nádražní 46, 50°03′45.57″N 14°24′34.05″E / 50.0626583°N 14.4094583°E / 50.0626583; 14.4094583Coordinates: 50°03′45.57″N 14°24′34.05″E / 50.0626583°N 14.4094583°E / 50.0626583; 14.4094583.

Operation and equipment

Male customers pay an entrance fee of 500 Czech korunas (about $ 23); females and couples have free entrance. Reservations ahead of time are recommended. All customers are required to present identification papers[3] and sign a multi page contract: they purchase the production of a DVD recording their actions in the club (which they can take home afterwards) and at the same time sell the rights to distribute the material online and on DVD for the same amount. The length of each visit to a room with a prostitute is limited to one hour.[5] Visiting couples who have their sex acts recorded receive a compensation of about 30 €. Subscription to the website is 30 € per month[1]; this includes access to the live streams, the video archive and a chat room; live video chat with the working women has to be paid extra.

The prostitutes (about 12 every night as of late 2005) receive a fixed salary and additional money per recorded sex act and per online show for the website subscribers, for an average compensation of about 3,000 € per month.[3][6] Fellatio and vaginal sex are almost always performed with condoms,[2] and most women do not allow cunnilingus or kissing on the mouth. Almost all women come from the Czech Republic or the Slovak Republic;[2] some are from Brazil and Ghana.

The club is equipped with about 58 cameras, including some in the living quarters of the prostitutes.[3][6][7] Three employees direct the cameras and select the audio/video streams to be broadcast and archived.[2][8] The name of the club is an obvious reference to the television series Big Brother, in which a number of contestants live in a house with cameras in every room, recording their every action.

In June 2007, a brand new block of program was introduced, officially launching the first ever online broadcasted swingers nights, where only couples and females are allowed. Couples can claim their own DVD as well as have everything (buffet and beverage) on the house.[9]

Promotion and media campaigns

The start of the Internet operations in 2005 was followed by a heavy publicity campaign in Europe, leading to some 40 media reports in German, English, French, Czech, Italian and Russian, including reports by the largest TV stations in Germany and the largest newspapers in Germany and Switzerland.[10] One angle of the company's advertising is to allow women inside views into a brothel.[8]

During the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany in the summer of 2006, the company undertook a unique marketing campaign together with Heat TV. They visited Munich, Leipzig, Hamburg and Cologne with their "love truck", a brothel on wheels with six prostitutes that offered customers free sex in exchange for publication rights of the recorded video.[11][12]

Former European lightweight box champion René Weller attempted to boost his fledgling singing career by introducing his new music CD in Big Sister on May 10, 2006.[13]

In October 2006, scenes for Eli Roth's horror movie Hostel: Part II were shot in Big Sister, as was described on his blog[14] and the Big Sister site[15] On the date of the US premiere of the movie, 8 June 2007, an exclusive interview with Eli Roth was released at the Big Sister website.[16]

In June 2007, the company introduced a brand new concept of "Private couples" evenings on Sundays and "All Inclusive swingers nights" on Saturdays. On these days, no prostitutes are allowed to work there.[17].

References

  1. ^ a b "You are watching Big Sister", Penthouse Australia, February 2006
  2. ^ a b c d e "Red Light Online", Escort Swingmag, No. 1, 2005
  3. ^ a b c d "Big Sister", Focus TV, Pro 7, 13 November 2005. (German TV.)
  4. ^ "Big Brothel", Maxim UK, September 2005. pg 1 pg 2 pg 3
  5. ^ Big Sister FAQ, accessed 3 September 2006
  6. ^ a b RTL Magazin Extra, RTL, 25 June 2005. (German TV.)
  7. ^ Video Production Equipment, bigsister.net. Accessed 30 September 2006
  8. ^ a b Akte 05, Sat.1, 9 June 2005. (German TV.)
  9. ^ X biz magazine
  10. ^ Press Room of Big Sister, http://www.bigsisterlive.com/bs/press.php, accessed 12 August 2006. Contains copies of press coverage and TV reports.
  11. ^ Spiegel TV Extra, Vox, 4 May 2006. (German TV.)
  12. ^ Nachspiel im Rotlicht, MDR, 27 June 2006. (German TV.)
  13. ^ Brisant, ARD, May 11, 2006. (German TV.)
  14. ^ Eli Roth's MySpace blog, October 29, 2006
  15. ^ Big Sister Blog, 15 October 2006; Big Sister blog, 17 October 2006
  16. ^ Big Sister Pressroom, June 8, 2007
  17. ^ Xbiz world, August 20, 2007

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