August 30th, 2011
09:13 AM ET

Sex tax: Street prostitutes in Bonn must now pay meter for a night's work

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BONN – Before going on shift in the limited public space reserved for street prostitution in Bonn, the city‘s prostitutes must now purchase a “sex tax” ticket from an automatic dispenser. The six-euro ticket is valid for one night’s work, no matter the number of clients.

To get the system up and running, fiscal authorities had a machine normally used to dispense tickets for parking places converted so that the words "Steuerticket-Automat" (tax ticket automat) are now painted on it, and the display now reads: "Die Nacht 6,00 Euro" (6 euros a night). The display also states that tickets are required from Monday to Sunday, from 8:15 p.m. to 6 a.m.

In Germany, Bonn is a pioneer of this automatic up-front taxation system. Dortmund has tickets that sex workers buy in gas stations, but no automatic dispenser.

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The system is meant to make taxing of prostitution more equitable, since those working inside “Eros centers“ and sauna clubs were paying taxes. The sex tax itself was introduced at the beginning of 2011, and is expected to generate some 300,000 euros. City tax controllers are responsible for monitoring the ticket system; anyone caught without a ticket will first receive a warning followed by more severe measures if caught a second time.

Street prostitution in Bonn is limited to a space opposite an “Eros Center.” After a sex worker agrees to go with a drive-by customer, the client drives his car into one of the six “sex boxes” - parking spaces separated by wood partitions - which are equipped with an emergency button to alert the night watchman in case of trouble. The new “meters” are located nearby.

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  1. CrystalRiver

    Germans last century did not suffer to create a country like this. 7 million dead German boys by the end of WW2 and subsequent turmil at the hand of atheists(East) and liberal theologians(West). Ban selling human bodies and human honors for traitors' filthy pleasures. Protect girls and women. Germany will decline and get beaten up again for the immorality-affirmation acts like this.

    August 31, 2011 at 8:51 am | Reply
  2. CrystalRiver

    Germans last century did not suffer to create a country like this. 7 million dead German boys by the end of WW2 and subsequent turmoil at the hands of atheists(East) and liberal theologians(West). Ban selling human bodies and human honors for traitors' filthy pleasures. Protect girls and women. Germany will decline and get beaten up again for the immorality-affirmation acts like this. Germans have forgotten how to combat evil and live for righteous-ness. Europe is in ashes.

    August 31, 2011 at 8:54 am | Reply
  3. Victor Sweet

    you don't pay a bi**h to have s3x with you, you pay a bi**h to leave

    August 31, 2011 at 9:16 am | Reply
  4. Taking-credit

    Better to tax each act. Dispense condoms with tax stamps.

    August 31, 2011 at 9:18 am | Reply
  5. petercha

    Wow, unbelievable. And I thought that American morals were bad.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Reply
  6. joe

    legal pot ...and pros.. and america..would come back

    September 3, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Reply
  7. dean

    Statesman Daniel Webster, when asked his most profound thought, answered, "my accountability to God." Recommend repentance now.

    September 4, 2011 at 9:51 am | Reply
  8. aydusa

    yahoomail

    December 9, 2011 at 6:54 am | Reply
  9. jim

    Sin tax?

    November 14, 2012 at 9:22 am | Reply
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