Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sex tax. You knew they'd get around to it...


Prostitution is a legal and taxable trade in Germany, but enforcing taxes among sex workers on the street can be problematic. The city of Bonn has come up with a new solution, though. Prostitutes must now pay a nightly tax to automated ticket machines.

The machine looks remarkably like the ones that sell parking time in my town. The "receipt" must be placed on the dashboard (I put 'em slightly under the gas cap on my bike). One wonders where they will be displayed on the working girls. Right next to the safety inspection sticker?

Lends a whole new meaning to the term "meter maid", don't it? What's next, coin-operated sex workers? They probably already have that somewhere.

Read the article. IMNSHO Germany has a practical approach and an enlightened attitude.

A tip o' the Brain to The Dish.


mandt said...

If it's by the inch, it will probably be based on quantity over quality.

Fixer said...

The Krauts are very liberal about sex. Even when I was growing up, looking in my female cousin's "young girl magazines" (for 12 to 15 year old girls), they were very forthright about sex. It always blows the Mrs. mind when we go there because the town is very Catholic (nobody eats meat on Friday, everybody goes to church) and conservative but the kids are sexually active and contraception is discussed and readily available.