Outrage at Jobcentre advert for webcam stripper

May 18, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A Government Jobcentre has been accused of encouraging young women into the sex trade by hosting an advert – for webcam strippers.

The £100-a-day role is described as a ”job with a difference” which involves ”explicit sexual dialogue which may cause embarassment to some people”.

Successful applicants will be required to sit naked behind a camera attached to their home computer and talk dirty before stripping off if required.

The job involves ”informal chatting via webcam over the internet for the purposes of adult entertainment, along with any other activities that you feel comfortable with”.

But the advert at Jobcentre Plus in Bridgwater, Somerset, has been blasted for potentially exploiting vulnerable young women.

Job hunter Carol Anne Richards said: ”This type of job increases the demand for pornography, which is another link in the trafficking of women and children into sexual exploitation and slavery.

”I am not being judgmental of the people that work in the sex industry but I have children and I think it is totally inappropriate for an agency of the state to promote it.”

Carol Anne has since complained to the job centre saying ”jobs based on the exploitation of sex and the sex industry” could lead hard-up young jobseekers into the profession.

The saucy ad appeared in the branch on May 10 before it was removed after complaints.

It read: ”This is a home working vacancy. Duties involve explicit sexual dialogue which may cause embarassment to some people.

”Duties require the succesful applicant to be nude/semi nude. Webcam Performers Required.

”Male, female and couples. Must have own broadband internet connection and computer. A job with a difference.

”Must be friendly, outgoing and confident. Immediate start available.

”Duties will involve informal chatting via webcam over the internet for the purposes of adult entertainment along with any other activities that you feel comfortable with.”

But the Department for Work and Pensions say they are legally bound to run the advert following a landmark legal ruling in 2003.

Saucy lingerie firm Ann Summers successfully challenged a ruling which banned adult entertainment industry vacancies.

A Department of Work and Pensions spokesman said all adult entertainment industry vacancies were automatically refused until Ann Summers Ltd successfully challenged the policy in 2003.

He added: ”We are aware of public concern about advertising these vacancies.

”We have undertaken a public consultation on this issue and we are reviewing existing policy in light of the responses received.”

Job centres across the UK advertised 351 vacancies in the adult entertainment industry in 2008.

Among the vacancies were 44 for lap dancers, 30 for adult chatline operators, eight for sauna masseuses and a further eight for a topless television channel.

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