Trading Sex

By | May 2, 2008

I wrote a post last year regarding the Department for Work And Pensions (DWP) permitting the advertising of jobs within the adult industry in its nationwide Job Centres. You can catch up on the post here if you haven’t already read it.

A charity concerned with the helping women rescued from the sex trade, know as the Poppy Project has accused the government of pimping by advertising positions for strippers, lap dancers and escort girls.

They claimed that they had been approached by two 17 year old girls who had managed to gain access to adult industry positions without question as the computerised system does not inquire as to the age of the applicants.

Their spokeswoman Miss Marshall claimed “When you are offering £20 an hour to be a webcam stripper to a 17 year old, the chances are they may be naïve”. She claimed that she wasn’t aware of any women becoming involved in prostitution through positions advertised via the Job Centre but felt it wouldn’t be long before that happened.

A ruling in 2003 following a test case brought about by the Anne Summers sex shop chain said that the DWP was legally obliged to advertise legal work within the sex and personal services industries.

Britain is currently in the grip of a surge of prostitution involving human trafficking from abroad and concerns are that this is going to add to the problem.

I personally believe that there is a genuine need to be able to advertise for these roles in the open, not in phone booths which drives the whole business underground. These establishments need to be vetted and licensed and this is one way to ensure that they are. The DWP just need to get their act together.

What do you think? Are people being too sensitive?

Tags: Ann Summers, prostitution, DWP, Department for Work and Pensions