Saturday, February 22, 2014

Transsexual prostitute held naked protest outside newspaper office so that she can pay tax

Transsexual prostitute Efe Bal, held a naked protest outside the Milan offices of Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera on Wednesday, campaigning for her profession to be registered so that she can pay her tax bill. “I am a prostitute and I want to pay tax,” she said.

Bal said that she has received a €500,000 bill from Equitalia, the Italian tax collection agency, which she would willingly pay if only prostitution was legalized in Italy. “A long time ago I asked for my profession to be regularized by the tax authorities,” the 37-year-old said.

“First and foremost, because it would guarantee me a pension. Also, if us prostitutes were taxed, others could contribute to Italy and we could finally lay claim to our rights,” Bal said. While her naked protest was shut down by police and Corriere journalists, Bal’s idea of boosting the state coffers by legalizing sex work has recently been discussed by Milan politicians.

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The Northern League (Lega Nord) party, the biggest party in Milan’s Lombardy region, in December called for a national referendum to change a 1950s law which closed brothels. The party’s Senate leader, Massimo Bitonci, said legalizing sex work and making it a taxable trade “would be hugely significant for the state and local authorities”.

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