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German Prostitutes Must Feed Meter To Walk Street

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the tart-tax dept.

Crime 4

mbstone writes "In Bonn, Germany, prostitution is legal, but a working girl must now pay for the privilege of soliciting on the Immenburgstrasse. She does so by inserting 6 euros ($8.45) in a hooking-meter made by Siemens and receiving a slip of paper licensing her to practice her trade for the evening. From the article: 'The city estimates that it has 200 sex workers, of whom about 20 ply their trade on the street. The Bonn government spends $116,000 a year for a private security company to guard the area and to provide security for the sex workers. Under the new meter system, street prostitutes must purchase the tickets to work between the hours of 8:15 p.m. and 6 a.m. Leaflets explaining the system, translated into several languages, are handed out to the prostitutes. After one warning, a sex worker caught working without a ticket would be fined up to $145.'"

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So.... (2)

shoehornjob (1632387) | more than 2 years ago | (#37280024)

In Bonn the government is your pimp? They already provide protection for the "sex workers" on the street so they are just asking them to chip in a bit of money to cover the cost. That seems fair. The whole idea of state run pimpage just makes my head swirl. Then again I live in the USA and we are completely backward about such things so it's understnadable.

hooking-meter made by Siemens...? (2)

haydensdaddy (1719524) | more than 2 years ago | (#37280352)

The 7th grader in me thinks that could not be more appropriate...

Re:hooking-meter made by Siemens...? (1)

shoehornjob (1632387) | more than 2 years ago | (#37284538)

Apropriately named the Hook-o-meter. Love it. Are you listening america?

Why Waste Money on Hookers? (1)

YourHotKitty (1893132) | more than 2 years ago | (#37362776)

Why waste money on hookers and deal with breaking the law, when in the privacy of your home you can enjoy sexual activities with your best friend and a cockring [yourhotkitty.com] ?
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