Prostitution has been legal in Germany since 2002, where it is also regarded as a taxable job. The problem with so-called ‘freelance streetwalkers’ are that it’s much more difficult to ‘sex tax’ them, than say owners of brothels and sauna clubs. “Women who work in brothels also pay the tax but until now it had been difficult to get women on the street to pay,” Isabelle Klotz, a spokeswoman for the city, said. The city of Bonn has come up with a solution, based on honesty: An automated street meter where prostitutes pay a nightly fee to ply their trade (above). Prostitution is only legal in Bonn between 8:15 p.m. and 6 a.m., so workers are required to pay 6.4 euros for a night’s work, which many have said is too much. “Thanks to this new method we will be able to tax them in all fairness with the others, ” Klotz added. Apparently, there are about 200 prostitutes in Bonn. So the city of Bonn are expecting to make about 200,000 euros per year from the meter.
In other areas of Germany, such as Hamburg, consummation areas have been set up. These areas are wooden garages that clients may use to visit prostitutes. It is even equipped with an alarm, provided for the prostitutes to honk in case they feel unsafe. Can this system work in SA? Many people say the problem with the meter system is that it is based on honesty. Are we honest enough? Can these wooden garages work here? Is an alarm enough or will these booths make SA prostitutes more vulnerable to abuse since they are out of sight?