Thursday, April 16, 2009

More on Sweden

Swedish tax authorities are cracking down on webcam strippers who fail to pay tax, according to a BBC report. Says a Swedish bureaucrat:
"They are young girls, we can see from the photos. We think that perhaps they are not well informed about the rules," said Mr Hardyson, head of the tax authority's national project on internet trade.
Ah yes, young girls, so foolish as to not want to pay high marginal tax rates. No doubt it is all the result of spending too much time thinking about shoes and the latest reinvention of Aqua.

Apparently the Swedes were tipped off by the Danes, eager to protect their webcam strippers from the unfair competition of heretofore untaxed Swedish webcam strippers. Saith the Swedish bureaucrat:
He said the Swedish tax authorities had been tipped off about Swedish internet strippers by the Dutch authorities, who had started a similar investigation earlier.
Odd that webcam stripping is legal in Sweden but prostitution is not. Sweden's prohibition on prostitution is motivated by feminist concerns rather than traditional religious and moral ones, as reflected in the fact that in Sweden it is buying, rather than selling, sex that is illegal. I should think the same feminist arguments about the pernicious effects of objectification would apply to webcam stripping as well.

My favorite line, of course, is this one, again from the Swedish bureaucrat:
"When we investigated the sites manually it worked better," he added.
Who knew the BBC had a sense of humor?

Hat tip: marginal revolution