good question, mr. matthews...,
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"the largest single influx of new members that the Wobblies have seen in several decades"...,
fire your pimp:
so I'm all for legalizing prostitution, as other opportunities outside the oldest profession have throughout history been found lacking, but our test case in Germany now demonstrates that no living tradition from our ancient history remains sacred enough that some neolibcon third way reform can't drag the state up to the moral level of the madam:
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.
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.
The stitch is in the seasons' fashionable welfare-to-work reforms:
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. Last month German unemployment rose for the 11th consecutive month to 4.5 million, taking the number out of work to its highest since reunification in 1990.
The government had considered making brothels an exception on moral grounds, but decided that it would be too difficult to distinguish them from bars. As a result, job centres must treat employers looking for a prostitute in the same way as those looking for a dental nurse.
So, ok, 'serving' johns at a house of legal repute shouldn't qualify as "cafe or bar work". Seems pretty simple.
Corrections Department: may or may not be a piece of speculative fiction on Telegraph's part.
:: posted by buermann @ 2005-02-01 12:59:19 CST |