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Legislator proposes tax fees for prostitution

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 17 2010   /  11:00 am

A legislator for Muslim-based National Awakening Party (PKB), Riki Solihin, has proposed collecting tax from the brothel industry.

Riki suggested a 10 percent tax be collected from every prostitution transaction in Batam.

He told The Jakarta Post on Monday that sexual transactions at the city’s prostitution hub of Sinta yielded about Rp 180 million (US$19,000) a day.

“If the municipal administration collects 10 percent in tax from transactions, there will be an additional income of Rp 6.4 billion a year,” said Riki, also chairman of the association of the pesantren (Islamic boarding school) alumni in Riau.

He added that there were about 40 bars operating in Sintai, each employing at least 30 commercial sex workers.

Each sex worker, he said, could serve at least three customers with the lowest fee of Rp 150,000 per service.

He also said tha...