Thursday 22 February 2018

Jobcentre ban on sex industry posts

Chris Grayling said the ban will cover jobs such as lap dancers and strippers
Chris Grayling said the ban will cover jobs such as lap dancers and strippers

Jobs in the sex industry which could lead to exploitation will be banned from being advertised in Jobcentres, the Government has announced.

Employment Minister Chris Grayling said the ban, which will come in with immediate effect, will cover jobs such as lap dancers and strippers.

He said the move was aimed at protecting jobseekers from feeling they have to consider work they weren't comfortable with.

Mr Grayling said: "It's absolutely wrong that the Government advertises jobs that could support the exploitation of people. We've taken immediate action today to stop certain adult entertainment vacancies from being advertised through Jobcentre Plus.

"We shouldn't put vulnerable people in an environment where they're exposed to these types of jobs and could feel under pressure to work in the sex industry."

Jobcentres will no longer advertise jobs that involve the "direct sexual stimulation" of others because publicly funded services should not be a conduit to this work, said the minister.

Other jobs in the industry, such as cleaners or retail posts, will still be advertised.

The ban follows a public consultation that revealed significant public concern about Jobcentre Plus advertising jobs in the sex industry.

The consultation also revealed that the people who worked in the sex industry could be vulnerable to harassment and discrimination.

Press Association

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