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Street Sex Meters For Tax-Paying Sex Workers

Street Sex Meters For Tax-Paying Sex Workers
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A new piece of technology help monitor and tax legalized sex workers in Germany.

Claudia Cukrov
  • 7 september 2011

Even though prostitution has been legalized in Germany, the government has been struggling to find a viable way to tax the street-working side of the trade.  The city of Bonn has come up with an innovative solution by installing street ‘sex meters.’  Every night sex workers must purchase a 6 euro ticket, presentable for inspection by the police.

Built by Siemens the $12,000 meter is expected to bring in around 200,000 euros a year from the city’s twenty-odd street sex workers. One local sex worker – 24-year-old “Nicoleta”, interviewed by Deutsche Welle believes the government move was motivated by a recent drop in the sex trade; ‘It’s not that much money, but when there’s no work, well…’

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