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Brothel ad offends Muslims

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Cologne, Germany

A Cologne brothel has altered its billboards for prostitution services pegged to this summer’s World Cup soccer tournament, after a menacing visit from men claiming the ad was offensive to Muslims. The Pascha brothel’s billboards feature a buxom model surrounded by the flags of all 32 countries playing in the tournament. Brothel owner Armin Lobscheid said a group of about 30 hooded men brandishing knives showed up at his office demanding that he remove the flags of Iran and Saudi Arabia. “The situation was explosive,” Lobscheid told the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger. “Some of the people compared our ad to the Danish Mohammed cartoons.” Lobscheid agreed to black out those flags. Prostitution is legal in Germany.

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