Jobcentre axes adverts hiring webcam strippers

A Government-run Jobcentre has been forced to remove adverts recruiting webcam strippers, following a flood of complaints.

Last week it emerged that jobseekers were being offered up to £100 a day to perform “nude or semi-nude” in front of webcams.

Bosses at Jobcentre Plus were accused of luring people into the sex industry by allowing an internet-based phone sex company to recruit through its centres.

Exploitation

One furious job hunter in Somerset, 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.

“It is totally inappropriate for a state agency to promote it”, she added.

The job description said: “Duties involve explicit sexual dialogue which may cause embarrassment to some.

Embarrassing

“They require the successful applicant to be nude/semi-nude. Involves informal chatting via webcam. Male, female and couples. Must be friendly and confident. Immediate start.”

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said it was legally bound to run the advert at the Jobcentre Plus in Bridgwater, Somerset.

It follows a landmark legal ruling in 2003 when the sex toy and lingerie chain, Ann Summers, successfully overturned an advertising ban on vacancies in the sex industry.

Concern

A spokesman for the DWP said: “We are aware of public concern and we are reviewing existing policy in light of the responses received.”

Last week a spokesman for charity, Rape Crisis, slammed the adverts, warning they gave people the wrong idea about the sex industry.

“Adverts like this validate the notion that sexually exploitative ‘work’ is an acceptable career,” the spokesman said.

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