Foreign News: Closing Time

A doughty little woman with tinted grey-blue hair has finally destroyed a venerable Italian institution: the state-supervised brothel. Angelina Merlin, 68, is Italy's only woman Senator. For ten years she has been nagging Italy's legislators to do the right thing. Last week the Chamber of Deputies ran out of delaying tactics, and by a vote of 385 to 115 ordered that all houses of prostitution (which have been paying a 3% tax on income to the state) be closed within six months, and that their 4,000 girls serving 30,000 clients daily be "re-educated."

Monarchist Deputy Angelo Rubino warned that closing the brothels...

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