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German Prostitutes Required to Feed 'Tax Meters'

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(BONN, Germany) -- Prostitutes in Bonn, Germany are being treated like parked cars -- they're now required to put money into a parking meter-like machine while working the streets or face a fine, The New York Times reports.

Hookers pay income tax in Germany, but because compliance is difficult to enforce with the ladies of the night, the city decided to track prostitutes and the hours they work by setting up so-called “sex tax meters” that require them to purchase a ticket for $8.72 per night.   

Any hooker caught without a valid ticket will first be reprimanded and then fined.

Bonn residents have complained in recent years about an increase in prostitution, forcing the city to set up so-called “consummation areas” -- wooden parking garages where customers in automobiles can hook up with the ladies.

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