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JOBLESS BANNED FROM PEEPING AT SEX SHOP ADS.

Byline: NIGEL NELSON

THE unemployed are being stopped from getting work - if the jobs are in SEX SHOPS.

JobCentres - run by Minister Alistair Darling's Work and Pensions Department - are banned from advertising ANY jobs related to the sex industry.

And the astonishing reason is that applicants might be "embarrassed or offended".

Now the Ann Summers sex shop chain is demanding a change in the rules because they are about to recruit 1,200 new workers.

A spokesman said: "It's time to review this because public attitudes have changed dramatically."

The ban came to light when Sheffield JobCentre said No to erotic lingerie designer Julia Gash, 38, when she wanted help to find an administrative assistant.

Darren Shilhan, of Sheffield's Employment Service told her: "Ministers have asked us not to deal with vacancies to do with the sex industry.

"The ES has a duty to protect its clients from embarrassment or offence."

Julia hit back: "The sex industry is being singled out because of political correctness.

"They don't ban ads for assistants in chemists or newsagents who have to handle condoms and top shelf porn."

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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:May 12, 2002
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