Should prostitutes pay for parking?

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Bonn, the former West German capital, has introduced a parking meter for prostitutes, the first in Germany, to tax those who just work the streets, a city spokeswoman said Wednesday.

“We expect to get some 200,000 euros ($288,000) per year from the meter,” Isabelle Klotz told AFP.

The meter, which looks like an ordinary parking meter, was inaugurated at the weekend in an industrial area, near the centre of town, used by prostitutes to solicit clients.

Prostitutes have to pay six euros (8.6 dollars) per night worked, regardless of how many customers they have.

On Monday when the meter was first emptied, 264 euros had been paid in, Klotz said.

If prostitutes fail to buy a ticket, valid overnight from 8pm to 6am, they will first be warned and then fined, she added.

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  • Yes this is an excellent product, only problem is in the usage. The retailers, seem a little lost so when do you present your card, they still swipe. By the time it comes to putting in the PIN, there is hardly any privacy. Finally I wish it can be like the UK, where the machine is kept strategically that you put in the card yourself, punch in the PIN and only then are authorised to get your shopping bag.

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