摸不到如何工作?日本政府供性工作者紓困方案 | Japan provides financial aid to sex workers too

【看英文中國郵報學英文】2019新型冠狀病毒(COVID-19) 疫情持續延燒,日本近期也宣佈進入緊急狀態,導致許多公司必須暫時歇業,民眾也待在家隔離,以防疫情擴散。

As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across the world, Japan announced a state of emergency, temporarily forcing businesses to shutter and people to stay indoors for the weeks to come.

在封城、實施社交距離的情況下,性工作者也面臨失業的窘境,一夕之間失去工作,沒了收入也繳不出生活費。

With the lockdown and social distancing protocols in place, sex workers in the country have found themselves suddenly without a job and means to pay their bills.

日本政府發出約108兆日幣(302兆新台幣)紓困振興資金幫助企業度過經濟寒冬,而補助對象也包含性工作者。

To alleviate the economic blow, the Japanese government recently launched a 108 trillion stimulus package (US$989 billion) to help businesses, including sex workers who are eligible for application.

根據國際媒體報導,性工作者以及相關產業因被迫在家無法從業,可依近期頒布的新辦法申請補助。

According to foreign media, sex workers and related agency employers are forced to stay home, meaning that they are eligible for the subsidy because of their income loss.

然而,補助金的申請方式和資格卻被許多人批「規範不清楚」、「申請辦法複雜難懂」。

However, the financial aid was met with some criticism as many complained that the rules for the aid and eligibility were hard to understand and difficult to match.

報導指出,相關補助規定並沒有明確列出,受疫情影響而減少「多少」金額收入可以領取補助、以及被集體解僱的工作者是否包含在補助對象範圍內。

The rules reportedly do not state clearly whether the subsidy is available to people who have lost a certain amount of money or those that have been altogether dismissed from their previous jobs.

另外,申請者必須提出原薪資、後續損失收入證明以申請補助。然而,部分性工作者從事地下交易,無法提供政府完整公開的收入證明,因此,申請補助對他們來說是一大挑戰。

In addition, applicants have to show proof of salary and subsequent loss of income to apply. However, this creates a challenge for sex workers as discreet payments may prevent them from providing full disclosure to the government.

由於性工作者在社會上依舊遭受歧視,許多人對於公開職業、薪資收入仍然有所顧忌。

With stigma still surrounding sex workers, many are also hesitant to report their occupation or full income for fear of consequences.

 

這篇文章 摸不到如何工作?日本政府供性工作者紓困方案 | Japan provides financial aid to sex workers too 最早出現於 The China Post

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