Thursday, February 03, 2005

echoes on legalizing the world's oldest

A chilling little tidbit from the Telegraph (U.K.), illustrating the repercussions of legalized prostitution in Germany:

A 25-year-old waitress who turned down a job providing "sexual services'' at a brothel in Berlin faces possible cuts to her unemployment benefit under laws introduced this year.

Prostitution was legalised in Germany just over two years ago and brothel owners –– who must pay tax and employee health insurance –– were granted access to official databases of jobseekers.

The waitress, an unemployed information technology professional, had said that she was willing to work in a bar at night and had worked in a cafe.

She received a letter from the job centre telling her that an employer was interested in her "profile'' and that she should ring them. Only on doing so did the woman, who has not been identified for legal reasons, realise that she was calling a brothel.

Under Germany's welfare reforms, any woman under 55 who has been out of work for more than a year can be forced to take an available job –– including in the sex industry –– or lose her unemployment benefit...

the whole article...

Then again, it seems this article may be an instance of "the sky is falling"

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