For those who read German: This article seems to be the source of everything. Curse of the internet: somebody reads an article about a hole in legislation, and the next day, all internet boards discuss the “fact” that the German government forces women into prostitution :loco:
Keep in mind that the source, taz, is about as anti-government, leftist and provocative as a German newspaper can get. All in all, the article is one big accumulation of “might” and “could be possible”…
There are a couple of issues mentioned in the article:
a) Since owners of brothels and other employers in the German sex trade pay social cost, they are entitled to advertise their jobs through employment agencies.
b) This means that employment agencies might for example send unemployed waitresses for interviews at places that turn out to be a little more shady than a regular cafe (and I think according to German regulation, unemployed people have to contact potential employers looking for employees through employment agencies).
c) Theoretically, there is the rule that if jobseekers turn down jobs that they would theoretically be qualified for, their benefits might be cut. However, there is no example where this actually has happened to women turning down jobs related to the sex trade. I haven’t found anything on German sites on the waitress mentioned in the article, nor does the article say what the waitress was trying to sue her employment agency for (giving her the phone number of a brothel as a potential employer?) or if her employment agency actually threatened her with cutting her benefits.
Haeh? I can see no distinction here. The fact that men aren’t mentioned doesn’t mean they’re excluded. And I’m not sure. But I’d think that the German law doesn’t make a difference between male and female prostitution.
Btw, Jive Turkey is right, of course. And the example of a muslim possibly be forced to slaughter pigs is actually one of the examples mentioned in the article (“if muslims can theoretically be forced to slaughter pigs, why not force women to answer job ads from brothels…”). I’m not sure whether or not it has happened.