In Sarasota, Fl., for several months there has been an ongoing argument about parking meters, and whether they will hurt downtown business. It is an effort to make extra money for the coffers of the city. Here is another idea..
I recently noticed a video clip story on MSN.com which told how the city of Bonn, Germany had placed meters on the streets of the city, or a least certain parts. Now these are not parking meters, and they are not aimed at people who park in these areas. These meters give out a receipt for all night at 6 Euros a night, and are aimed at the street-walker who ply their trade in Bonn.
It seems that, prostitution being legal there, they decided to make a little money off the street-walker, and to do that they placed meters on the streets to charge the ladies 6 Euros a night to ply their trade.
Having been to Korea, in the 1970s, and Germany, in the early 1980s, I understand that other countries view prostitution a little differently than we do here in the U.S. where prostitutes are often viewed as victims of the sex trade.
In some countries prostitution is seen as an industry and is governed as such. Here, in the U.S. it is still seen as a crime where the prostitute is the victim. I don’t really know about that, and will not make a judgement on it, but I will say that since the people of Sarasota seem to place so much importance on money, by this I refer to the way they treat homeless people, or the introduction of Stoplight Cameras, I wonder if this might be something they might consider.
- Parking Meters For Prostitutes, Thank You Germany (inquisitr.com)
- “Tax Meters” Introduced in Germany…for Prostitutes (socyberty.com)
- Prostitute Meters (weeklyworldnews.com)
- Bonn prostitutes to use parking meters (telegraph.co.uk)
- In Germany, Sex Workers Feed a Meter (nytimes.com)