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GET 'EM OFF; Jobcentres told to take down all ads for strippers.

Byline: JAMES LYONS

ADVERTS for strippers, escorts and lap dancers are set to be banned from job centres next week.

The move by ministers follows mounting calls to stop advertising work in "adult entertainment" through the Government-funded employment service. Campaigners say taxpayers' cash should not be used to promote jobs that "degrade" women.

There are also fears that some who take the work end up as prostitutes, though bosses in the industry insist their businesses are legitimate and generate tax.

Job centres have carried ads for work in the adult entertainment industry since a court challenge from adult chain store Ann Summers seven years ago.

But a Department of Work and Pensions insider said ministers are set to announce the ban as early as Monday, adding: "Nobody wants these types of jobs to be on offer in a job centre.

"It is embarrassing for staff and customers and not the sort of thing it is appropriate for the Government to encourage."

Job centres advertised 351 vacancies in the adult entertainment industry in 2008. They included 44 posts for lap dancers, 30 for adult chat-line operators, eight for sauna masseuses and a further eight for a topless television channel. Liberal Democrat MP Bob Russell campaigned for a ban and said it was long overdue.

He explained: "It is unbelievable that this was deemed to be an appropriate type of job to be advertised in the first place.

"To seek to encourage unemployed people into activities which border on the edge of illegality beggars belief.

"One would hope something that should never have happened in the first place will now be banned."
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