This will help Papatoetoe

The Germans are canny sometimes. Take this idea for raising public cash:

A “sex meter” scheme, taxing prostitutes €6 a night to work the streets of Bonn has raised more than €35,000 for public coffers in its first year, authorities said this week.

Prostitutes working the streets of Germany’s former capital have to buy themselves a ticket from the converted parking meters each night, or face a fine.

“The sex tax has been accepted by the prostitutes,” said city spokeswoman Elke Palm. The idea, introduced last August, was an extension of a tax imposed on brothels in the city at the beginning of 2011, Die Welt newspaper reported.

This would solve Papatoetoe’s problems with street walkers and also could possibly be used by Christchurch City Council for raising funds for the rebuild. Come to think of it Len Brown could do this to pay for his train set.


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  • In Vino Veritas

    Talking about Red Len, I am told by an attendee that his meeting some days ago with St Heliers residents didnt go too well. Not many got angry at him, apparently he was just laughed at!

  • Graham

    A perfect idea for the trains – taking money from one thing that is well and truly f*cked, to give to another just the same ……

  • Mr Sackunkrak

    This give a whole new meaning to “rooting for the rail loop”.

  • Grizz30

    At least it will improve the quality of prostitute. Only those with something to sell will be able to afford the tax.

  • baw

    Rail loop is about $1 billion or so (without a lot of frils and as few stations as possible etc.) And lets assume no inflation or interest on money earned. And an exchange rate of 1 dollar equals one euro.
    It will take 28,571 years to save 1 billion.

    And yes I know an actuary would have fun ripping my assumptions apart.

  • Gazzaw

    Might have taken 35,000 Euros cash but how much was paid for by contra?

  • cows4me

    Perhaps different brothels can sponsor carriages on Lens train, put some mattresses and hookers in after 9pm and the hookers get to tour Auckland after dark picking up clients at various stations. Win win ,hookers off street, train getting used.