Strip Clubs Banned From Advertising Jobs At UK Employment Offices

Times are tough everywhere. Which means desperate people will consider taking jobs, like stripping or performing nude on a web cam, they wouldn’t otherwise have considered. But the government in the UK doesn’t want to encourage its citizens to find these types of sexy jobs and has banned a certain class of employers from advertising at tax-funded employment offices.

The new regulation forbids the advertising of jobs “that involve the direct sexual stimulation of others” because public money should not be a conduit to such work, said the UK’s Minister of Employment in a statement.

He continues:

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.

While the UK government may have a problem pushing jobs that involve its citizens sporting a g-string (or less), it is perfectly fine with allowing strip clubs and the like to advertise for non-sexy jobs like janitors.

Is the UK government being too puritanical in this situation? Or are they genuinely protecting its citizens from taking adults-only work out of desperation?

Sex job ads banned at UK employment offices [Reuters]

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  1. dolemite says:

    Desperate times call for desperate measures. Who are they to decide how a person puts food on the table? Sure, it’s government money, but where does that money come from? The people looking for jobs and trying to feed their families. The UK has become a major nanny state anyhow.

  2. T Daniels says:

    “We’ve got openings!”

  3. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    I don’t like the wording – direct stimulation could be applied to all sorts of usually-not-sexy fetishes.

  4. Patrick says:

    I’m not clear on why “taking adults-only work” is something adults need to be protected from. If you want to stop people from doing things out of desperation, make the system work a little better so they’re, you know, LESS DESPERATE.

    If they are, in fact, desperate, and their government is too busy trying to prevent them from learning about job opportunities to actually help them, there’s a big problem.

    Besides, if they hate strip clubs so much, why are they legal? Since they’re legal, why on earth can’t they advertise for employees? This is just asinine.

    • craptastico says:

      they can advertise for employees, just not at UK employment offices. i’m pretty sure if someone really wants to strip they’ll be able to find a job without using gov’t resources.

  5. coren says:

    Yep, too puritanical. I get the desire to not advertise some of the more “unsavory” jobs, but if you just cut out the people who are doing the sexy things it makes it look hypocritical. “oh, you can’t advertise dancers, but the djs who play their music, that’s fine”

  6. Back to waiting, but I did get a cute dragon ear cuff says:

    I think it would only be fair that since they are not willing to spend government money for these jobs that the British government refuse to accept money (taxes) from people employed in them.

  7. RandomHookup says:

    Just hoping they don’t have the same rule in the UK that many US states have…if you get offered the job and turn it down, you lose your unemployment benefits.

    • Conformist138 says:

      It does go both ways. We can get mad at this, or get mad about grandma not taking a job as a phone sex operator and getting her benefits slashed. Just shows that life is often better somewhere closer to the middle.

  8. hosehead says:

    If it is legal, why would they discriminate against it? Too prude… something I would expect from us (in the States).

  9. dragonfire81 says:

    If I have a company and I follow all relevant employment and labor laws and pay all taxes to the government relating to my business, I would fully expect to be allowed to post employment opportunities on a government job board.

    They aren’t necessarily desirable jobs but they are jobs and as long as things are being done correctly by the prospective employers, I see no reason for the ban.

  10. MustardTiger says:

    My mom works at a strip joint, and she’s over 50 years old.
    IMHO, I personally wish these jobs were harder to get/find.

    Oh and.. I make my own strip club at home.

  11. smo0 says:

    Puritanical… all the way.

    People do a lot worse out of desparation and because it’s not “advertised” doesn’t mean it isn’t discouraged or that it doesn’t already happen… like, say, a mugging.

    It’s a legitimate job, and if someone who doesn’t normally perform in this manner, decides they want to – they’ve probably done a lot of soul searching and have come to terms.

    I don’t think placing ads at employment officers will encourage anyone to want to apply or say “hey, I didn’t know I could do that?!”

    I’m a woman, I’ve always known stripping to be an option – did I ever do it? No… will I ever, if I had a better body, I may – the money is ridiculous. I live in a town where at least 3 of my neighbors are in that “industry” walking around with thousands of dollars (bills, lol) in their back pocket.

    It is tempting…. but I think I’d disappoint my mother….

    I honestly think the ban is moot… it’s a “known” job…. clubs are -ALWAYS- hiring strippers.

    On a side note – finding a job as a phone sex operator, can prove to be difficult – I mean, really the only number provided is usually the ones customer’s call…

    Ring Ring… “how can I please you today?”
    “Um yeah, can I have a job?”

    *Click*

  12. jayde_drag0n says:

    I think its probably because of future hire factor. They want people to be employable, I’m sorry but its pretty well established that going into the sex industry almost guarantees you a ruin for any other job after that
    I know you’ll say “just don’t put it on your resume” but hello.. being recognized?? Not to mention if you are in any industry that would fire you if found out..

    • smo0 says:

      The same could be said with facebook…… in fact, it’s more likely to happen with facebook than being recognized at strip club…

    • FerretGirl says:

      I’ve been working full time as an adult actress for 7 years now and I have only ever had 2 people recognize me in public.

      Sure I probably shouldn’t run for politics or go out for the job as a principal of the baptist/evangelical pre-school but it’s unlikely that it’ll “ruin” me for life. There’s a LOT of porn out there and to be an easily recognized porn star you have to work just as hard as any other starlet out there (as in, there are thousands of wannabes for every Angelina Jolie).

      Strippers are even LESS recognizable. If a coworker thinks he might know me from porn he can go home and google. If he thinks that his secretary is extra sexy he can’t look her up anywhere unless she’s currently working at a club he can go visit. Strippers are very mobile and they tend not to work full time for very long. It’s hard to track a specific stripper down.

      Lastly, in the unlikely event that one couldn’t or didn’t want to find a job outside of “the industry” you can easily find one in it. From being in front of the camera I know how to do makeup, set up lights, run a video camera and run an adult website (in fact, I currently run 3). I could be a production assistant, grip, makeup artist, affiliate or webmaster. With a little more effort I could start a production company or an agency no problem.

  13. Miss Dev (The Beer Sherpa) says:

    There’s a reason they are called ADULT clubs… it’s because they (at least in theory) employ and cater to adults.

    The UK is a nanny state and needs to stop babying its citizens.

  14. brio says:

    It’s their right and I agree. While the work may be legal and it’s the governments right. Get over it. You can find these types of jobs without going to some employment agency. If you don’t know how to go door to door, so to speak, and see if a business is hiring, then you have more problems than this story.

  15. BytheSea says:

    Given the problemq of sex trafficking in the UK, it’s probably not just the legit sex trade they’re trying to get out of the offices.

    Desperate people could use a safe space to look for work, away from the sleeze they have to look out for at any other job search place.