Monday, January 31, 2005
Enlightened European Socialism? Only if 'enlightened' means forcing citizens to (literally) whore for benefits
Hat tip, Drudge Report.
A German woman, a laid off IT professional, has been threatened with losing her unemployment benefits if she does not take a job as a prostitute.
You see, in Germany, prostitution is legal. And, under German 'welfare reform', any woman under 55 who refuses to accept a job to which she is referred by an employment agency can have her benefits cut.
"There is now nothing in the law to stop women from being sent into the sex industry," said Merchthild Garweg, a lawyer from Hamburg who specialises in such cases. "The new regulations say that working in the sex industry is not immoral any more, and so jobs cannot be turned down without a risk to benefits."
What's worse, the employment centers cannot refuse to send women to such potential employers.
Employers in the sex industry can also advertise in job centres, a move that came into force this month. A job centre that refuses to accept the advertisement can be sued.
So how bad can these "jobs" be?
At one job centre in the city of Gotha, a 23-year-old woman was told that she had to attend an interview as a "nude model", and should report back on the meeting.
Wow. It used to be illegal to force people to be whores (or at least to smuggle them into Germany from other countries).
I guess now the benevolent and enlightened German government has decided to take that power for themselves.