Friday, 16 February 2007

Sex is culture

The entertainment at the Sexyland peep show in Amsterdam’s Red Light District can also be defined as a “theatre performance”.

This means that Sexyland can be waived the regular 19 percent VAT, and obliged to pay only the “cultural institution” rate of 6 percent, the court of Amsterdam ruled.

Sexyland has two stages with a girl dancing on each, replaced by a new girl every four minutes. Around the dance hall, fifteen individual cabins are scattered, providing a view of the stages and a row of video screens showing porn films. Many other businesses involved in the sex industry profit from the flexible tax system. Sex cinemas, for example, have been paying the same low taxes as regular cinemas for a long time already.

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