‘Pole tax’ in Houston to finance rape kits

A new $5 sin tax on Houston strip clubs will help finance the city’s backlog of some 4,000 to 6,000 rape kits that have gone untested.

According to a federal bill introduced in Congress last month, the national backlog of untested rape kits has reached 400,000.

The tax, dubbed the “pole tax,” was promoted by city council member Ellen Cohen, passed earlier this week in a 14-1 vote. It could generate up to $3 million for the city.

Supporters of the bill say that strip clubs should bear the brunt of the tax since their establishments can have unhealthy attitudes toward women and sexual violence.The tax will be implemented during the next two weeks.

Before tackling untested rape kits, Cohen helped move legislation that placed a $5 fee on “sexual-oriented businesses” when she was a state legislator in 2007. The proceeds go to victims of sexual abuse in the state.




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‘Pole tax’ in Houston to finance rape kits

  1. Not surprising such an ignorant policy would come from Texas. These are the same kind of morons who think preaching abstinence is the best form of birth control.

    When a guy goes to a strip club and gets all hot and bothered, his first instinct isn’t to find some woman to rape. He’ll go home and try to have sex with his wife or j**k off. According to the stats, 74% of rapes are committed by someone the victim knew. The psychopathic sexual predators are turned on by the violence, not beer and titties.

    • You must not have ever been to a strip club if you think there isn’t a wiff of sexual violence in the air at a strip club.

      • Except that statistically he’s completely correct.
        According to nearly every psychology study conducted on the topic, rape isn’t generally about being horny and wanting sex so much as control through violence and other methods intended to degrade the victum.
        Though the myth of “dangerous stranger” persists, the fact is that it is most often those with psychological disorders of one type or another who commit these crimes.

  2. “strip clubs should bear the brunt of the tax since their establishments
    can have unhealthy attitudes toward women and sexual violence.”

    Where is the proof for that. What a stupid idea.

    All this shows is that if you give a gov’t an excuse to add a tax, they will. They need the money, so any excuse will work. Why not throw that tax on cigarettes, as I am sure that most rapists smoke. Everyone knows that.

    • “All this shows is that if you give a gov’t an excuse to add a tax, they will.”

      All this shows is that neo-theo-cons are ignorant morons.

      • Actually, my comment was non partisan. I could care less who is in power, the statement still stands.

        You, however, seem a bit worked up about who is in power. Again, I could care less if the Govenor of Texas is conservative or a liberal. . . and in this case the tax was voted in by the city council . . .

        I think you could use a chill pill.

        • You’re statement still stands idiotic. You are claiming “small government” social conservatives are “tax-and-spend” liberals for implementing a “rape tax.” That is nothing more than foolishness and hypocrisy.

          • Ron, are you on crack. I said nothing about any ideology. I don’t care who is in power. I am simply pointing out that a gov’t will use any excuse to raise revenue. Why do you disagree with that statement, or seem to imply that I care what political stripes these folks are?

          • There is no such thing as a “small government” social conservative. Social conservatives by definition love government intrusion into the lives of others in order to fit their ideals of society.

  3. So where is the tax for all the porn magazines and videos???

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