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German sex tax men tackle prostitutes

The Local · 19 Apr 2012, 11:59

Published: 19 Apr 2012 11:59 GMT+02:00

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The collectors initially resorted to extensive internet research to find all the sex businesses in the city – but found their computers blocked from the relevant sites.

"The first problem was that, as public officials, those pages are actually out of bounds for us," said Stuttgart tax collector Rolf Kiener. Once the necessary special permission was granted, Kiener and his colleagues were initially shocked. "It's rather eye-opening what's out there," he said.

The new tax means that all spaces in the city used to sell "erotic pleasures" will be taxed by the square metre, including strip clubs, porn cinemas and brothels.

Establishments that offer both "initial approach" and "completion" of a transaction will be forced to pay as much as €10 per square metre per month.

By that count, a 17-sqm room would cost a brothel-owner €2,040 a year. But the tax does not include bar areas, toilets and office space, so precise measurements need to be taken.

Once the establishments in question have been identified by blushing officials, they receive a letter from the local tax office.

If they then fail to provide a detailed floor-plan, Stuttgart's bravest tax men appear at the door, armed with a tape measure. In order to avoid embarrassment, they make appointments.

"You don't want to have to go there during business hours," said Kiener.

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It's estimated that Germany's sex trade is worth some €14.5 billion a year.

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Your comments about this article

14:04 April 19, 2012 by Bigfoot76
"You don't want to have to go there during business hours," said Kiener.

Uh...yeah you do.
14:27 April 19, 2012 by The-ex-pat
Just a small observation, but the picture being used, it would appear that if the "young lady" is using what I think she is using, then the other "young lady" in the reflection is very flexible to be at 90 degrees, some real contortionism,.......lol
15:16 April 19, 2012 by LancashireLad

Picky, picky, picky ;-)
07:44 April 20, 2012 by mos101392
I hope this won't force the pimps to jack up the prices due to make up for the taxes!
16:54 April 20, 2012 by Wise Up!
LOL!!! Next they'll implement the ding-dong tax. Those with the largest will pay the most, shortest will receive a subsidy.
15:18 April 22, 2012 by Illogicbuster
Typical gov stupidity. Just throw a 10% sales tax on them. Do spot checks and close down and imprison (the owners) of those that cheat. Problem solved.
20:52 April 27, 2012 by AClassicRed
@chabgo mutney, It's not only ladies who work in the sex industry! Throughout the history of humankind, there have been sex workers of both sexes. Don't be discriminatory LOL Wrap your mind around reality.
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