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By Laura Trowbridge     May 13, 2010 in Business
Government-run Jobcentre Plus offices in the United Kingdom are encouraging unemployed women to apply for work on X-rated websites. This policy is sparking a great deal of outrage and demands for the job adverts to be removed.
Women seeking clerical jobs were given applications for online sex jobs after they visited Jobcentre Plus offices in Birmingham, Warwickshire and Shropshire, England.
The unemployed women are told they can earn up to £700 a week if they strip naked on webcams, engage in sexually explicit conversations with customers, and perform sex acts.
The adult agency Faceclick recruiting for the work tells applicants to perform "activities that you feel comfortable with" while naked in front of the webcam.
One 19-year-old woman, requesting to remain anonymous, said she was shocked a taxpayer-funded government agency was recruiting for the sex industry.
She said: "My job in a call center is a fixed-term contract that's coming to an end and I've just taken out a car loan so I'm desperate for work. But I'm not so desperate that I'm prepared to perform disgusting acts on an internet sex line."
Sky News contacted the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
A spokeswoman for the DWP said: "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."
She added that before 2003, the Jobcentre Plus's policy was to refuse all job vacancies from the adult entertainment industry. But the policy was challenged in the High Court by Ann Summers, the sex toy and lingerie business, which argued it should be allowed to advertise in Jobcentres. They won their case.
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