German woman must work as prostitute or lose govt benefits?

In the “news of the weird” side of life I heard about this on the local radio news and had to look it up.

Quote from article:

Under Germany’s welfare reforms, any woman under 55 who has been out of work for more than a year can be forced to take an available job – including in the sex industry – or lose her unemployment benefit. Last month German unemployment rose for the 11th consecutive month to 4.5 million, taking the number out of work to its highest since reunification in 1990.

The government had considered making brothels an exception on moral grounds, but decided that it would be too difficult to distinguish them from bars. As a result, job centres must treat employers looking for a prostitute in the same way as those looking for a dental nurse.

Surely this is a hoax? :eek:

I’m guessing hoax as there is no mention of men being forced to work in the sex industry to maintain their unemployment benefits. I didn’t get any hits on snopes, unfortunatly

Psst.

Over here.

There’s already at least one thread on this topic, whoops.