A Metered Solution?

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September 5, 2011 at 8:32 pm  •  Posted in Sex Workers, SEX WORKERS in the news by  •  1 Comment

The website for the news magazine The Week has a story about Germany’s ‘remarkable’ prostitution tax meter.

Bonn Germany’s modified parking meter for collecting tax from street sex workers

Here at Erotic Vancouver we don’t pretend to know a lot about the typical sex worker plying her trade on the streets of Bonn, but we do know that women working the streets and back alleys of Vancouver are typically survival sex trade workers, and we’d certainly question the merits of taxing them. Spiegel Online reorts that sex worker advocates in the German are opposed to the new machines. But it did start us wondering: if this technology can be used to tax these sex workers, might it also be used to make their job a little safer.

We don’t know what Bonn is doing with this money, but we’d hope that if a similar system came to Vancouver that the monies raised would be directed towards organizations like PACE and WISH, and spent on programs like their jointly run MAP Van, the Mobile Access Project, provides services to women working on the street from 10:30 pm to 5:30 am, seven nights a week.

One Comment

  1. Charl / January 20, 2012 at 2:04 am / Reply

    What a neat artilce. I had no inkling.

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