Did you know that prostitution is legal in Germany? In 2002, a law was passed in an effort to improve the legal situation of prostitutes. They can sign contracts, have to pay income tax on their earnings, and are even obligated to charge their customers a VAT, which they are required to pay to the tax office. In the same year, Cologne was the first German city to install “sex boxen“, a semi-private stall where cars can park and the prostitute and the john can conduct their business.
In recent news, Metro.co.uk reports that prostitutes in Dortmund will now have to pay another tax. If they want to conduct business they have to purchase a “day pass” for $8. Those who don’t risk receiving a fine. Michael Meinders — city spokesman — had this to say:
Dortmund has financial problems like many cities in Germany. We considered several sex taxes but this was the most practical proposal.
Another consideration was that anyone who entered the city’s red light district would have to pay a fee, but it didn’t receive much support from politicians. It is hoped that the new tax will help deal with the country’s large budget deficit.
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