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Judge orders police to return cash seized from woman who earned money from prostitution

By Mason White 5:28 PM December 18, 2014

By: Tanya Malhotra
A prostitute took a police department to court and demanded they return the cash they seized during a raid on her home, according to court documents in Norway.

Now, the woman of Oslo, won a historic victory against the police on Wednesday, when the court ruled that the police were wrong to claim that the woman failed to pay taxes on her income she earned through prostitution.

The incident began when police raided an apartment, where the prostitute, identified as 34-year-old Patricia, lived with two other sex workers.

They seized 74,000 kroner ($10,000) from the home.

The police refused to return the money to Patricia, saying that the money was earned in Norway and should be subject to income tax and sales tax.

However, the court ruled that the state cannot tax income from prostitution, as pimping and trafficking are crimes. Patricia said that despite the court ruling, the police department has not returned her money.