The Washington Times - March 25, 2009, 11:38AM

A Nevada lawmaker wants to levy a tax on people who use the services of a prostitute, the Reno Gazette-Journal is reporting.

State Sen. Bob Coffin, a Democrat, has introduced a bill that would tax people $5 a day for using the services of a prostitute in any of the state’s 25 legal brothels or anywhere else in Nevada.  The revenue would fund state services and help sex workers.

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He estimates the legislation could reap $2 million from the brothels.

This is a case of the world’s oldest profession colliding with the world’s second oldest profession.

According to NPR, Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons, a Republican, opposes legalized prostitution but said he would veto the bill because he opposes higher taxes.  Now there’s a guy who’s got his priorities straight!

If this bill passes, the only way a brothel client could avoid the tax would be to claim the payment as a charitable contribution.