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Project retrains prostitutes as care workers for elderly people

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7543.685-a (Published 23 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:685
  1. Katy Duke
  1. Berlin

    A new project in Germany is retraining prostitutes to become care workers for elderly people.

    The state of North Rhine-Westphalia is using €1m (£0.7m; $1.2m) of local and European Union money to try to get sex trade workers off the street and into care homes.

    Heinz Oberlach, from Germany's Federal Labour Agency, said that using prostitutes as care workers is “very logical,” as the nursing home sector is seriously understaffed and has some 6400 vacancies nationwide—despite a national unemployment rate of 12% in Germany. Reasons for the shortage include a recent clampdown on Eastern Europeans working illegally as care workers and the reluctance of Germans …

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