Dr. Andy

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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Project retrains prostitutes as caretakers

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

The state of North Rhine-Westphalia is using {euro}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
Seems like a good idea; I wonder if they could get Viagra to sponsor it. This quote from Rita Kuehn, one of the people behind the scheme is even better.
She believes that prostitutes make excellent carers as they have "good people skills, aren't easily disgusted, and have zero fear of physical contact."

"These characteristics can set former prostitutes apart from trainee nurses," she said

She added, "However, nursing home bosses will have to be discreet so that elderly men don't try to get more than they are paying for."


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