January 31, 2005

Disgraceful

Yet another outrageous policy from the moral cesspool that is Old Europe:

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. . . .

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.

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So now the German government thinks it's just grand to offer unemployed women the choice between starvation and sexual exploitation, simply because some bureaucrats are too lazy to draw an important legal and moral distinction between a whore and a waitress.

*sigh* The Law of Unintended Consequences strikes again.