So those superior Germans that the liberals want us to emulate now are using the power of the state to push women into prostitution…yeah, you read right…

Telegraph | News | ‘If you don’t take a job as a prostitute, we can stop your benefits’
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.

So, I see two morals to this story. One, the division between economic and personal freedom is once again proven artificial. When the state controls the economy to that extent, it controls everything even women’s bodies. Second, it’s just one more thing to point to when liberals point to Europe and say, “But Germany doesn’t support removing dictators” or “But Germany ratified the Kyoto Protocol.” Yeah, Germany also makes women work as hookers or lose the unemployment they’re otherwise entitled to.

Just an aside, I can’t imagine this not happening if prostitutes are legal employees. As employees, they’d certainly be entitled to benefits if fired. So, do you say to a fired prostitute, “we can make you take a job in a different brothel” but then say to the waitress “we won’t make you work in one”? A strange country with a strange legal and economic system.

Pointer from the Volokh Conspiracy.


An update via Volokh indicates that the job offer was only to work as bar staff in the brothel and, though the law technically may require a woman to take a job as a prostitute German unemployment officials are backpedaling very quickly. I imagine there’s a bit of damage control combined with a bit of hype, but the points that the German’s aren’t perfect and the state shouldn’t control our livelihoods stand even if it’s only a ‘technical’ possibility.

Also, a link from Volokh’s article quadrupled my daily visits. Thanks guys!

From Xlrq lots more information on this. Apparently any scraps of truth were so twisted as to make the whole thing meaningless. Also, he apparently pronounced Alan Keyes an idiot about half a day before I did – obviously, I should have been reading his blog.