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.

1 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.

2 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.

3 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.

4 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.

5 Andrew' August 31, 2011 at 8:06 am

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

6 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….

7 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.

8 M. Dutton August 31, 2011 at 12:11 pm
9 TGGP August 31, 2011 at 10:33 pm
10 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.

11 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.

12 steve September 1, 2011 at 8:49 am

I want a vending machine of prostitutes.

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14 gamesliga September 26, 2011 at 2:33 am

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