The British government has been offering financial incentives to strip clubs and other adult entertainment venues that hire teenage workers, the Sunday Times of London reports.
The Department for Work and Pensions, under the umbrella of a wider scheme to boost employment, gives 2,275 pounds ($4,213) to adult establishments that provide full-time jobs – such as bartending or reception roles – to workers aged 18-24.
The department says the establishments are eligible for payments as long as employees are neither “performing”, nor undertaking tasks with a “sexual purpose”.
Businesses that hire part-time workers are paid less, according to the scheme.
However, Fiona Mactaggart, the Labour MP who discovered the subsidies, called for them to be axed.
“I do not think parents would welcome this government-sponsored recruitment into the s*x industry … These are entry-level jobs into a world of gross exploitation and violence,” she said.
The department responded it had advised job centres to only discuss vacancies in the adult industries, also including lap-dancing bars and massage parlours, with young people who inquired about them. They neither advertise nor subsidise performing roles, a spokesman said.