The Guardian: Tom Kington – Prostitutes in Italy fight for right to pay tax and qualify for pensions

Sex workers protest against tax code that doesn’t recognise their profession, despite it being legal

As thousands of cash-strapped Italians take to the streets to protest against their tax bills, a small group of earners who have never paid a penny in tax are instead demanding their right to contribute to the nation’s coffers.

Prostitutes up and down the country are fighting against a tax code that does not recognise their profession, even though paying for sex is legal, leaving them no chance to pay a cut of their earnings to the tax man and qualify for a pension.

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