A Kiwi taekwondo athlete who had contracted a $120,000 debt after the 2008 Beijing Games opened a brothel to raise $200,000 to compete at the London Olympics. Logan Campbell opened a brothel with 14 rooms in New Zealand to give his clients a place where they could fulfill their sexual fantasies in an attempt to get as many donations as possible to fund his London 2012 campaign.
Running a brothel is a legal activity in New Zealand but the country’s Olympic committee warned him that he would be sued if he funded his Olympic campaign through prostitution. Campbell sold his brothel in 2011 and around the same time New Zealand’s taekwondo Olympic program started to receive funds.
“As soon as I was in the media and stuff – we had never had funding, ever, EVER in the history of taekwondo, and all of a sudden it was, like, bam! There was this funding so it was sweet,” Campbell said. The Kiwi athlete also added that he has no regrets for what he did because in his country prostitution is “more of like a higher-class thing than you see around the world.”