Oppressing sex workers for tax purposes

So, Dr Cam Calder suddenly thinks that maybe we should licence sex workers.  Not, you know, to impose any kind of onerous bureaucracy, or create new excuses to criminalize them, or anything.  It’s because he’s really, really concerned that sex workers are tax cheats.

List MP Dr Cam Calder says since it is now a legal business, sex workers should pay tax like everyone else.

“So if they need to have a licence, should that be the recommendation of a select committee, and I don’t know what the select committee will recommend, but should they need a licence? Then so be it.

Right.  Just like how we licence every single other casual labourer in the New Zealand workforce.  Because that’s literally the only mechanism we have to make them pay income tax.  And because – despite of course being a tiny minority of filthy deviants with a miniscule pool of deviant creep customers – there are just so many sex workers not paying tax that it’s a far higher priority than, say, tradesmen.

But it’s not the worst idea, I guess.  Why don’t we start by licensing multimillionaires with trust funds?

H/T Scarlet Alliance

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7 comments

  1. MJ

    “So if they need to have a licence, should that be the recommendation of a select committee, and I don’t know what the select committee will recommend, but should they need a licence? Then so be it.”

    Are… these words in the right order? WHAT IS HE EVEN SAYING?

    • QoT

      The joys of not figuring out your key messages before getting on the phone to a journo! Also, I think he’s trying to sound all reasonable and middle-road and it’s-just-a-suggestion-of-course, rather than own the fact that he thinks sex workers should be bureaucratised into non-existence.

      • MJ

        “Bureaucratised” is my new favourite word.

        I can think of half a dozen jobs, off the top of my head, that could benefit from some sort of licencing. My job is one of them. Sex work isn’t. And licencing is completely un-fucking-related to taxpaying (I know this. Goodbye, 1/3 of my income 😦 )

      • V (verbscape)

        My brain just combined “red tape” and “sex work” into “red bondage tape”, and it’s not an entirely displeasing image. 🙂

  2. K

    FYI maybe the “Dr” could look at something more important…..like the fact that despite funding into the tens of millions, possibly over 100 milllion counselors remain uncontrolled in NZ by any form of regulation whatsoever.

    This means that we have convicted pedos coming out of jail with no training, no practice insurance so if they really fuck someone up their client may not be able to extract exemplary damages because counseling doesn’t pay all that well. Our government has ALLOWED that to happen.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/5746089/Child-sex-act-no-bar-to-work-as-therapist

    And don’t even get me started on “associations”. Anyone can form a counseling association, including said pedo above. Then any complainant will need to go to his friends to complain.

    The “Dr” clearly is of the opinion that regulating sex workers is more important than regulation of counselors who my job definition deal with vulnerable people and can at present take advantage of the inherent power imbalance in the client-counselor relationship to sexually, emotionally and financially exploit these people with little or no consequence.

    I speak from personal experience. The Dr clearly has no idea about what is happening within his own treatment community, so why should we care about his opinion on tax collecting?