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Bloomberg said that Swedish prostitutes won the right to claim benefits, including sick days and parental leave, bringing their social security closer to that of other taxpayers.
“As long as sex workers pay their taxes, they should have the same access to sick-leave benefits and parental leave as anybody else,” Joakim Jarnryd, a director at the Swedish Social Insurance Agency, told the newswire.
“We don’t make any moral judgments.”
Sex workers will be able to claim sickness benefit of about 80 percent of annual income of a maximum of 330,000 kronor ($47,460), the agency said.
Selling sex is legal in the Nordic country. And prostitutes can register to pay taxes using euphemisms, which qualify them for benefits. Buying services from prostitutes is however not legal.
Last Updated (Monday, 09 July 2012 22:07)