After legalizing prostitution in Germany, small municipalities have struggled to extract tax fees from the elusive demographic, making the introduction of Bonn's Red Light Machines astonishing.
Because prostitutes are now equal professionals in the eyes of the law, they're no longer exempt from paying taxes and fines. A special, once-per-night fee of 6 euros ($8.64) has been levied on streetwalkers for their services, and the Red Light Machines are meant to make tax payments as easy as possible. In order to ply their work between the hours of 8:15 p.m. and 6 a.m., an escort must be carrying a ticket that verifies her tax payment. And despite only being installed in the Rhineland city over the weekend, they machines have already collected $382 for the city's coffers.
It seems as though there isn't anything the Germans are incapable of economizing. Patronizing a woman of the street has never been so easy, quick or socially responsible!
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