Holy f**king christ. I'm not totally surprised, though. In Germany there are jobs that go for €1 an hour, which if you turn down your benefits get stopped, but still, this is pretty much legalized sex trafficking!
Post edited. See posts three and five. I Googled the article some more, and see that the story may have came out in 2003 and then the Telegraph published a story on it in 2005. Fairly odd.
'Tis aweful Joe!
For God's sake. Woman decides not to become a prostitute. Fine. Woman fails to find employment, and in line with the law that applies to everyone else, she may have her benefit cut.
I don't see the big deal?
Millions of women everyday decide not to become prostitutes.
The Telegraph is slowly turning into an awful rag that spins crap so fast it flies.
This is from 2005 and it was due to an error in the system
afaik they have fixed it since
that's what i remember reading, can't really google it at work
LOL, this can't be true.
They actually voted it into law rather then admit that there could be a mistake in the system.
Surely they cant make women work in brothels just because there are no other jobs!?
People interested in this ought to dig a little deeper than whatever they can find on snoops.com
I remember that story. Several German women were threatened with withdrawal of their social welfare benefits prior to that story breaking, and other German women were forced to attend interviews for nude modelling and sex phone line work. One German woman, a lawyer and activist, was very vocal about it at the time, and I remember her saying 'there is now nothing in the law to stop German women being forced into the sex industry' or words to that effect.
The reason all this happened was because Germany legalised prostitution and in doing so found themselves in a legal positon where they could not treat pimps and madams any differently from proprieters of launderettes and cafes. The legal loophole was sewn up after a brothel owner took the bid for his 'rights' as a legitimate employer as far as he could in a German court. The judge ruled that the purpose of legalisation had been to protect the workers, not to further the industry itself.
Were these companies not then subject to the same equal employment laws as everyone else? Were/are they allowed cherry pick the candidates while the workers had no such choice? What exactly are the qualifications required for these jobs?