Germany Installs Street Meters for Prostitutes

They must pay to get a nightly permit to work
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2011 2:32 PM CDT
Updated Sep 4, 2011 11:03 AM CDT

(Newser) – Prostitution is not only legal in Bonn, Germany, the city has implemented a new "sex tax" for prostitutes who want to ply their trade. City officials also have come up with a novel way to get their money: They've installed automated meters in red-light districts, akin to parking meters, reports Der Spiegel. Prostitutes who want to work must plug in about $9 and get their nightly permit. Those caught without one face fines of about $150.

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"It's not fair that some women who work in establishments like sex centers or sauna clubs are taxed only because we can find them more easily there," explains a city official. Plus, many of the streetwalkers come from other countries and struggle with the appropriate paperwork. The permit-dispensing meters makes it a snap. (Read more Germany stories.)

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