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New Swiss sex trade union targets price cutting
The Local (Switzerland) ^ | 14 Sep 2012 10:33 GMT+02:00

Posted on 09/22/2012 10:26:56 AM PDT by DeaconBenjamin

Switzerland’s first union for male and female prostitutes launched on Thursday following a founding meeting in Geneva’s red light district.

The gathering in the Pâquis, a downtown city neighbourhood known for its active sex trade, attracted 80 people who signed up for the STTS, the only officially recognized labour organization in the country for workers in the sex trade.

The union was spearheaded by Angelina, a Colombian woman who has worked as a prostitute in the Pâquis for several years.

In addition to defending sex trade workers against unfair room rents and on such issues as security, the STTS also aims to prevent price-cutting by prostitutes coming from outside Geneva.

Prostitutes established in Geneva have decried cut-throat competition from prostitutes arriving from elsewhere in Europe.

Earlier this year, an employee of the GgClub, an erotic massage parlour, complained that the city was attracting a harmful new kind of prostitution.

Young women try their luck in big hotels without having to pay taxes, the employee told Le Temps.

Geneva is becoming the brothel of Europe,” she said.

One prostitute told Le Matin that because of the influx of new competition, rates being charged were plummeting.

“My cleaning lady gets paid more than me,” she said.

Cheap competition is just one of many issues the union intends to tackle, Angelina said.

“We have wanted for a long time to become an official body in the eyes of politicians and justice authorities,” she earlier told Le Courrier.

She also hopes to be able to defend the interests of workers in “salons” who often face difficult conditions imposed on them by employers.

The STTS, which hoped to attract 150 members, is open to sex trade workers from across French-speaking Switzerland.

The union plans to work with Aspasie, a group established in Geneva 30 years ago to deal with health issues and discrimination faced by prostitutes.

Switzerland is one of eight European countries where prostitution is legal and regulated by laws.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: moralabsolutes; napl; prostitutes; prostitution; unions
Explains why Bernanke is so afraid of deflation.
1 posted on 09/22/2012 10:27:04 AM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Talk about a union that screws the people


2 posted on 09/22/2012 10:28:24 AM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
"My cleaning lady gets paid more than me,” she said.

She should.

3 posted on 09/22/2012 10:31:13 AM PDT by ZOOKER ( Exploring the fine line between cynicism and outright depression)
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To: JRios1968

Very nicely done. lol


4 posted on 09/22/2012 10:32:12 AM PDT by fhayek
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To: DeaconBenjamin
I have STTS ... no wait ... I belong to STTS

(That's the first problem)

Secondly, any down and out hooker in need of some fast money could get the livin' shit kicked out of her by "the enforcers"

I see nothing but trouble here.

5 posted on 09/22/2012 10:38:45 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
Prostitutes established in Geneva have decried cut-throat competition from prostitutes arriving from elsewhere in Europe.

Just doing the jobs that Swiss whores won't do. Sounds like hard times and stiff competition to me.

6 posted on 09/22/2012 10:40:00 AM PDT by Hugin ("Most times a man'll tell you his bad intentions, if you listen and let yourself hear."---Open Range)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Its a global economy. And wives hate pros for the same reason. They undercut the labor rate. Competition!


7 posted on 09/22/2012 10:46:10 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Where do you find the Union Label?


8 posted on 09/22/2012 10:49:22 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Corollary - Electing the same person over and over and expecting a different outcome is insanity)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

“Earlier this year, an employee of the GgClub, an erotic massage parlour, complained that the city was attracting a harmful new kind of prostitution.”

Lets hear it for cheap whores!

Unions have a way of screwing up everything.


9 posted on 09/22/2012 10:52:14 AM PDT by aquila48
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To: bmwcyle

Let’s see ... hmmm ... SOME are sewn in on the side seam ... but I guess that don’t work for thongs, huh ?


10 posted on 09/22/2012 10:53:54 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
“My cleaning lady gets paid more than me,” she said.

This definitely poses a knotty problem for advocates of "comparable worth".

11 posted on 09/22/2012 10:56:49 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (AGWT is neo-lysenkoism.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Perhaps she should change professions? No. That solution makes too much sense.


12 posted on 09/22/2012 11:01:48 AM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

Maybe she isn’t qualified to work as a cleaning lady.


13 posted on 09/22/2012 11:06:25 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (AGWT is neo-lysenkoism.)
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To: bmwcyle
A dedicated union worker was attending a convention in Las Vegas and
decided to check out the local brothels nearby. When he got to the first
one, he asked the Madame, "Is this a union house?"

"No," she replied, "I'm sorry it isn't."

"Well, if I pay you $100 what cut do the girls get?"

"The house gets $80 and the girls get $20."

Mightily offended at such unfair dealings, the man stomped off down the
street in search of a more equitable, hopefully unionized shop.

His search continued until finally he reached a brothel where the Madame
responded, "Why yes sir, this IS a union house."

The man asked, "And if I pay you $100, what cut do the girls get?"

"The girls get $80 and the house gets $20."

"That's more like it!", the union man said. He looked around the room
and pointed to a stunningly attractive blonde. "I'd like her for the
night."

"I'm sure you would, sir," said the Madame. Then, gesturing to an obese
sixty-five year old woman in the corner, the Madame said, "but Ethel
here has seniority."

14 posted on 09/22/2012 11:11:07 AM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
“My cleaning lady gets paid more than me,” she said.

Does she wear a french maid outfit?

15 posted on 09/22/2012 11:14:58 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: DeaconBenjamin

One gets exactly what one pays for


16 posted on 09/22/2012 11:17:19 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: Slings and Arrows

NAPL!


17 posted on 09/22/2012 11:27:23 AM PDT by Mr. Silverback (Reagan @ only 39/Mondale +5/Dukakis +17/McCain +3...panic is unwarranted. So is complacency.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
“My cleaning lady gets paid more than me,” she said.

Cleaning takes more skill than what you do, lady.

18 posted on 09/22/2012 11:29:05 AM PDT by Trailerpark Badass
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To: Trailerpark Badass
Prostitutes established in Geneva have decried cut-throat competition from prostitutes arriving from elsewhere in Europe. Earlier this year, an employee of the GgClub, an erotic massage parlour, complained that the city was attracting a harmful new kind of prostitution.

Don't you just hate that?

19 posted on 09/22/2012 11:33:36 AM PDT by Robwin
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To: billorites

Excellent! ( in Monty Burn’s voice)


20 posted on 09/22/2012 11:35:28 AM PDT by hatter ( Cr*p. Just realized I'm still "it" from a game of Tag in 1969.)
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To: billorites

Good One


21 posted on 09/22/2012 11:40:28 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Corollary - Electing the same person over and over and expecting a different outcome is insanity)
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To: Mr. Silverback; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ..
Soon to be affiliated with SEIU.


22 posted on 09/22/2012 11:57:55 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

So now every job will have one sex worker actually doing the work and seven supervisors standing around drinking coffee.


23 posted on 09/22/2012 12:07:56 PM PDT by DPMD
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To: DeaconBenjamin

This will stimulate the economy.


24 posted on 09/22/2012 12:33:33 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: bmwcyle

Tramp stamp?


25 posted on 09/22/2012 12:34:29 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Then it would be a tramp slave stamp.


26 posted on 09/22/2012 12:38:38 PM PDT by bmwcyle (Corollary - Electing the same person over and over and expecting a different outcome is insanity)
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To: DPMD

Don’t forget the union staff dedicated to getting taxpayer money to fund them this, that, and the other way.


27 posted on 09/22/2012 12:39:27 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

In America we just call our sex workers “public school teachers”. They keep screwing the taxpayers and an ever increasing number look at our kids as their own personal sexual playground.


28 posted on 09/22/2012 12:40:45 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Whores unite?


29 posted on 09/22/2012 12:57:49 PM PDT by AmericanSamurai
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To: Slings and Arrows
So now what? What are they going to do with all the meters they installed? Taxing the earnings of the self-employed, what next?


30 posted on 09/22/2012 1:40:04 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition
Taxing the earnings of the self-employed, what next?

Service charges?

31 posted on 09/22/2012 2:05:49 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Refunds?

Save your receipt.


32 posted on 09/22/2012 2:12:59 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: JRios1968

The Secret Service has sent out an advance team to investigate this.


33 posted on 09/22/2012 5:27:21 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: DeaconBenjamin

“My cleaning lady gets paid more than me,” she said.

She’s probably better looking.


34 posted on 09/22/2012 5:31:17 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

So will the union require the use seniority as the basis for assigning prostitutes to clients?


35 posted on 09/22/2012 10:04:26 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: billorites

LOL!


36 posted on 09/23/2012 3:39:04 AM PDT by Yehuda (http://jewpoint.blogspot.com)
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To: Secret Agent Man

And the strikes. So the world in Switzerland will end not with a bang, but with a refusal to bang.


37 posted on 09/23/2012 10:56:09 AM PDT by DPMD
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To: glorgau

38 posted on 09/23/2012 4:47:12 PM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: DeaconBenjamin; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows
“My cleaning lady gets paid more than me,” she said.

Except when she's cleaning under the couch, she doesn't do her work while laying on her back.

39 posted on 09/24/2012 12:40:04 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama likes to claim credit for getting Osama. Why hasn't he tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yet?)
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To: bmwcyle

On the lower back or upper buttocks, of course.


40 posted on 09/25/2012 7:29:28 AM PDT by L,TOWM (Write in Chuck Norris for POTUS and tell the power brokers to FOAD.)
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