Taxman sets sights on prostitutes

2011-01-06 22:26
Amsterdam - Prostitutes in the Dutch city of Amsterdam will be receiving calls from an unwelcome visitor this year - the taxman.

The women will have to start paying taxes from this year, bringing to an end the prostitutes' traditional tax-free status, the daily newspaper Het Parool reported on Thursday.

More than 3 000 sex workers are affected by the move, most of them working in brothels or from prostitution windows in the city's red light district.

Tax inspectors will be asking the women how many clients they have a day and what their average earnings are.

Prostitution was legalised in the Netherlands in 2000, but few prostitutes have been paying taxes.

They will be treated like any other business from the beginning of the year and they are expected to pay tax, the newspaper quoted a finance ministry spokesperson as saying.

- SAPA
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