Saturday, January 23, 2010

Legal Prostitution?

I just checked my feeds and saw 2 stories.

Prostitute fined $820,000 for unpaid tax
WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's tax office has levied a fine of 2.3 million zlotys ($820,000) on an unemployed woman for failing to pay tax on income worth at least 13.7 million zlotys she said she had earned as a prostitute.

Stricter brothel rules?
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Amsterdam's deputy mayor proposed new measures Tuesday to help tackle forced prostitution, including restricting opening hours for brothels and raising the minimum age for prostitutes to 23 from 18.

I find it interesting that prostitution is legal in some European countries. Here in the Philippines, commercial sex trade is an industry here but of course, no government official would admit this. I don't think it's a bad idea to have commercial sex workers pay taxes, make SSS and Philhealth contributions. It would be easier to monitor these workers' safety and their practices.

1 comment:

Heff said...

I remember one college econ class that discussed Malthus and his discourse on population growth. The man favors prostitution as a way to curve population growth and preserve families.

Come to think of it, organized prostitution prevents STD and creates revenue for the state and the unemployed. It's simply our sense of morality that prevents us from openly accepting it.