Vice Squad
Tuesday, January 20, 2004
Social Security for Spanish Prostitutes

Yesterday's Chicago Tribune contained this short item (registration required)
concerning a regional court decision in Andalusia. The court ruled that
the owner of a club has to make social security payments for women
who work as prostitutes at the club. Apparently the club owner
contended that the women were not employees. This is not to say
that they were private contractors; rather, the organization that
represents such clubs maintains that the clubs themselves are
hotels, and that the prostitutes are merely guests. This contention
is bolstered by the fact that prostitution, according to the article,
occurs in the gray market, neither illegal nor regulated. The court
wasn't buying the "guests" line, as these particular "guests" worked
a regular schedule and received a portion of drink revenues -- rather
like employees.

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