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German city pares budget deficit with "sex tax"

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Prostitutes, many of them gypsies from Romania, work the streets of Berlin in the Kurfurstendamm area of the city.

Challenged with a 100 million euro ($133 million) deficit, one western German city has introduced a day tax on prostitutes to help whittle down its budget gap.

The new “pleasure tax” requires prostitutes in Dortmund to purchase a 6 euro “day ticket” for each day they work, or face a potential fine. The city estimates that the new tax will add some 750,000 euros to its coffers each year.

“Dortmund has financial problems like many cities in Germany,” city spokesman Michael Meinders told Reuters. “We considered several sex taxes but this was the most practical proposal.”

The new tax went into effect in August but the day tickets have not been available until this week.

An alternative proposal was to charge a 1 or 2 euro fee to anyone entering Dortmund’s red-light district, but this idea got little political support, Meinders said.

Such taxes are not unusual in Germany where prostitution is legal and sex workers must pay tax on their income. Cologne introduced a 150 euro “pleasure tax” on sex workers in 2004 and later added a 6 euro day tax option for part-time prostitutes.

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2 Responses to " German city pares budget deficit with "sex tax" "

  1. Patrick says:

    Wow, well it was kindof nice knowing you Germany who was once so long ago great.

    Now surely you have brought upon your own heads the true Judgment of God whom you have so deeply overlooked since 1943.

    Now that Creator God and His Only Son Jesus no longer know you, this is the end of your people.

    You will be judged just as the Khazar/Jews are going to be judged.

    You Modern Germans are becoming equals to Jews.
    Rot In Hell with your filthy harlots from all over the world.

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  2. oeden says:

    lol, what?? “equal to Jews”?? “harlots from all over the world”?? I suppose you are referencing the “Jews” again?

    Let me guess: You are a fundamental muslim? Oh, no, that’s wrong you mentioned Jesus as god’s son, so that can’t be accurate. I just can’t tell any more between the two.

    It’s funny really. You espouse killing people in the name of your god ok to cleanse the world of its sins but for those people to merely have consensual sex becomes this horrible thing worthy of that death. You should really check what you call morals. They are twisted IMO.

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