Germany, that paradise of social welfare services, has implemented welfare reform in light of rising unemployment. If unemployed workers refuse to take a job, their benefits are cut. Germany also legalized prostitution two years ago.
Can you guess the logical result?
According to the Telegraph story, a 25-year-old woman is about to lose her welfare benefits for refusing to take a job as a sex worker.
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.
At this point the women are only being pushed into jobs ‘related to sexual services,’ but according to the article,
“Now that prostitution is no longer considered by the law to be immoral, there is really nothing but the goodwill of the job centres to stop them from pushing women into jobs they don’t want to do.”
This is a win-win situation. The government is no longer wasting resources going after vice crimes and there is also a disincentive to spend long periods of time collecting social welfare benefits.