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Monday, August 8, 2011

Rome used prostitutes to raise revenues for their treasury ... just before it all collapsed


And you thought New York's tax on soda was outrageous?

A city in Germany that is more than $100 million in the hole is resorting to taxing hookers in order to help close its massive budget deficit.

Officials in Dortmund, in western Germany, will begin requiring the city's prostitutes to buy an $8 pass for every day they hit the streets or else face a fine, Reuters reported.

The city said that the new "pleasure tax" will contribute nearly a $1 million a year to its crippling $133 million budget gap.

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