In the news today and after somewhat of a delay in writing, a Welsh Government scheme aimed at young people to help them potentially earn up to £48,000. The careers advice has been featured on the Business Wales website as “aspirational career opportunities”, the vocations suggested? Lap dancers, strippers and escorts.
Unbelievably the advice states that, "the escorts provide companionship to the client when attending events such as a formal dinner or the theatre". The site was quick to point out that it is an offence to “incite escorts to act as prostitutes”.
An investigation has been launched into how but most importantly, why; this was even considered as practical occupation advice. Plaid Cymru AM Jocelyn Davies has described herself as ‘no prude’, but thinks it not acceptable to provide women with information on the sex establishment. I think Ms Davies that you may indeed be slightly straitlaced and also sexist, what about men exercising their right to become strippers or escorts?
She also goes on to say, "Stripping is degrading for women and the Welsh Government should not be promoting the view that sexually exploitative work is an acceptable career." Now she is either excluding men totally from this or she derives that it is acceptable for them to be exploited.
While I’m on the subject of discrimination of the sexes, let’s not stop there. Why is the advert aimed at young people? There are thousands of unemployed older people, excluding someone from the running just because of age these days will land you straight in front of an employment tribunal.
There you are in the later stages of life, redundant, on the unemployment scrap heap, thinking there is no hope of another career and the Welsh Government throw you a lifeline. Even if you can’t corner the market as an escort for the over 70’s, there’s always the compensation claim for discrimination to top up your income support. (I am unaware of the current term for what was called dole money years ago, Heroin supplement, beer tokens, wide screen TV funding, take your pick).
Lib Dem Miss Eluned Parrott said: "These are perfectly legitimate businesses”, but is surprised to find them on the Welsh Government’s website. But when you think about it, where else would you find out about these professions? You can’t complain about the unemployment figures on one hand and then criticise young entrepreneurs for wanting to earn high wages.
I’m off now to see if I can upload my CV to potential employers, I wonder what the perks are. I’m guessing there will be a lot of night shifts, traveling and meeting lots of different people. I’ll get to see lots of shows at the theatre and eat in good restaurants, I think it’s only fair I make sure they get back to their hotel room safely. Don’t you?