Ticket to Ride (Taxes in Everything)

by on August 31, 2011 at 6:15 am in Current Affairs, Law | Permalink

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s first “sex tax meters,” from which prostitutes can purchase a ticket for 6 euros (5.31 pounds) per night, will ensure the tax system is fairly implemented, a city spokeswoman said.

“Inspectors will monitor compliance — not every evening but frequently,” the spokeswoman told Reuters.

If caught without a valid ticket, offenders will first be reprimanded, then face fines and later even a ban.

Hat tip Daniel Lippman.

Bob Knaus August 31, 2011 at 6:58 am

Prediction — enforcement will be ineffective, as the method for buying off inspectors is so easy, obvious, and enjoyable to the inspectors. Unless they use female inspectors of course.

Marian Kechlibar September 1, 2011 at 5:47 am

What makes you think that the inspectors will be men?

In my opinion, inspectors will be older women over 50, adding some youth-jealousy to their zeal.

Explodicle September 2, 2011 at 3:33 pm

They could just follow that suggestion from India – make it legal to bribe, illegal to be bribed.

minderbender August 31, 2011 at 7:05 am

She’s got a ticket to ri-ide.
She’s got a ticket to ri-i-ide.
She’s got a ticket to ride.
And she don’t care.

Andrew' August 31, 2011 at 8:06 am

Shouldn’t they rather bill the John’s for per-ride tickets?

Jack August 31, 2011 at 8:24 am

http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2011/07/assorted-links-157.html :-)

Remember, your co-blogger reads the whole internet every day….

Michael August 31, 2011 at 11:37 am

So does a tax condone and legitimize the activity in a way that may make the enterprise expand? Or does the tax serve as a disincentive to engage in that activity? Can both happen simultaneously resulting in an ambiguous net-effect?

I don’t mean that merely in the context of prostitution, but on any activity that was previously untaxed and of questionable moral or legal standing. I ask because in different contexts, I’ve heard both argued.

M. Dutton August 31, 2011 at 12:11 pm
TGGP August 31, 2011 at 10:33 pm
Peter August 31, 2011 at 2:01 pm

You really need to move outside the US. I have lived in Germany and prostitution is definitely not questionable at the moral or legal level; it is quite accepted and condoned as it is in most of the non-US and Arabic world.

Clown September 1, 2011 at 1:29 am

Outside the Anglo-USA and its sphere of influence (places where they pretend not to accept and condone prostitution because the Anglo-Americans pressured them, such as Japan, Korea, Thailand, etc), where is prostitution not accepted and condoned?

I’m not saying there isn’t any place. I simply would like to know where.

steve September 1, 2011 at 8:49 am

I want a vending machine of prostitutes.

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