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Dutch Prostitutes' New Caller: The Taxman

Age of austerity falls on red-light ladies

(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... More »

Tokyo Dims Red Light in Olympic Bid

Officials aim to keep 'local color' in crackdown

(Newser) - Japan’s bid to host the 2016 Olympics has prompted a cleanup of Tokyo’s red light district, but local proprietors aren’t eager to change local culture, the Guardian reports. Police, backed by a governor hoping to snuff out sleaze, are getting tough about a new law forcing sex... More »

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