Dutch Prostitutes' New Caller: The Taxman

Age of austerity falls on red-light ladies
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2011 2:23 PM CST
In this photo taken Monday, a prostitute advertises her wares behind red-lit windows in Amsterdam, Netherlands.   (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
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(Newser) – The working girls of Amsterdam’s red light district are about to get a really unwelcome gentleman caller: the taxman. Prostitution has been legal in the Netherlands for a decade, but authorities are just now getting around to taxing it, as part of the austerity push sweeping across Europe, the AP reports.

“We began at the larger places, the brothels,” says a spokesman for the country’s Tax Service, but now they’re moving to the “window landlords and the ladies” who line the district. Few are protesting the move, not even the prostitutes themselves. “It’s a good thing,” said one in a white leather dress. “It’s a job like any other, and we should pay taxes.”

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