Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Germany gives choice between prostitution and unemployment

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.

Other blogs have commented that this shows the moral bankruptcy of a country that would legalize prostitution. I think it just points out the inherent absurdity of paying people to not work, and ought to be enjoyed as the punchline that it is.

(via Michael)