‘I don’t sleep with the girls’, says Human Resources manager of Prague brothel

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Czech psychologist Lukás Sedlácek is a Human Resources manager – in a whorehouse. His job is to interview new girls who would want to work there but also talks on a regular basis to existing “members of staff” about the conflicts they have either with the respective clients or among themselves.
Sedlácek has to deal with such problems every day. If one of the ladies becomes “unsuccessful”, in other words does not have many clients, she immediately starts to grumble, trying to blame all the others rather than herself, he explained in a recent interview given to Czech daily Dnes.
“I actually have many friends among these girls, we drink a beer in pubs together, for instance, or visit a cinema, but I never go with them ‘upstairs’, so to say,” Sedlácek insists. He did admit, though, that at one time, he lived for some time with a young woman who worked in a similar “facility”.
At present, however, he doesn’t have a girlfriend and in fact says that he doesn’t feel the need to look for one, either. “If you are surrounded by [scantily clad] females in your workplace every day, the last thing you would like to see in your free time is a nude female,” he says, noting that he has always been quite a loner anyway.
Regarding new “applicants for the job” at the brothel in question (called ShowPark DaVinci and located in Prague, the country’s capital), Sedlácek advises them how to communicate well with their clients, something they are often not at all good at, as he points out. “The newcomers usually think that it’s enough to just look good and everything will go smoothly but that is definitely not the case – it may have been so fifteen, twenty years ago, but not anymore, because the competition has become fierce and the clients ever more demanding.”
Appearance is important but not the number one thing when he interviews a new girl, the main one being why she wants to be doing this work in the first place and whether she has communicating skills. An HR manager at such a facility should also be able to uncover whether the woman is not being forced into this profession, Sedlácek adds, because if that is the case, various non-profit organisations or even the police should immediately be contacted.
It’s actually inaccurate to call the women who work in ShowPark DaVinci “members of staff” as they merely rent rooms on its premises and do not give any other money to the club’s owners. The respective business with a potential client is being negotiated downstairs at the bar with the whorehouse, as Sedlácek insists, not having any say at all as to how much different things should cost.
Only rarely does this psychologist in fact discuss with the girls what goes on in the rooms. “A very frequent problem we on the other hand go through is when one of them is hurt because the client doesn’t want her – she views that as a failure, the absolutely biggest blow to her ego, and her confidence goes down since that is something she has not been used to before,” Sedlácek explains. “If she had visited a discotheque prior to working in this profession, it was her who in many cases rejected the young men around since she simply did not find them attractive enough.”
Among other things that he helps “his” ladies with is to come to terms with the work they are doing, why they are doing it, whether it’s something they should be ashamed of or not, etc. Sedlácek also teaches them “how to do business”, however (many clients bargain about the price they should pay), and since some of the girls are not very good in foreign languages, he organises for them the respective courses.
Sedlácek wasn’t able to tell the newspaper in question the average price that the girls charge for their “services” since it very much depends on what type is involved but conceded that some earn each month as much as three hundred thousand Czech crowns (approximately 8, 000 pounds) or even more. It is therefore very difficult for them to say goodbye to such a job.
He also had difficulties to describe a typical woman you could come across at ShowPark DaVinci since the spectrum is very wide, from university students to mothers and wives who are between eighteen and forty-five years of age. “Many come from abroad so if they do not speak Czech, we take great care that they at least communicate in English,” Sedlácek adds.
Interest to work in this facility is quite big – during the fifteen years of its existence approximately three thousand women rented a room there. At present, around three hundred alternate there.
Girls are allowed to come to the club at the very most twenty days a month. The thing is that earlier on, many of them worked two or even three months in a row, without a single day off, and as a result some eventually collapsed.
Thirty-four years old Lukás Sedlácek, whose liberal-minded mother (she once even visited him in his workplace, to see what it looks like) is a fashion designer, studied psychology and journalism, his thesis having being – somewhat surprisingly, considering what he does now – about asexuality, in other words about people who are not interested in sex. He then worked for instance for a non-profit organisation which focused on domestic violence against women and at a police academy as a psychologist counselling victims of rape but for a short time, he was also the manager of a hotel in north-eastern England and in 2013 ended up as one of ShowPark DaVinci’s seven people (three men and four women) employed in the field of human resources. (5)
Henry Sapiecha