Ministry proposes changes to exotic dancer-permits

POSTED: 02/20/14 11:58 PM

Registration at tax office may become requirement

St. Maarten – The Ministry of Public Health, Social Affairs and Labor is working on adjustments to the foreign labor work permit policy, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said at yesterday’s council of Ministers press briefing. The changes could affect so-called exotic dancers that come to St. Maarten on a 6-month permit and, due to the limited length of their stay, escape the taxman.

Today reported on February 4 that the 1,195 exotic dancers – a government euphemism for prostitutes – that received permits during the years 2011, 2012 and 2013, evaded taxes to the tune of at least $8.3 million.

Changes to the permit policy could repair this situation for the future. “It is going to be suggested that other requirements become part of these permits,” Wescot-Williams said. “One of them is the requirement to register at the tax office. This is now under discussion, but we have received a first proposal from the minister.”

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