The National Insurance Institute of Israel has a new job category in its list of occupations–prostitution. From now on, the women who ply the trade will be entitled to all benefits and privileges provided by the Institute.
As self-employed persons, they will have to pay the premiums fully out of their own earnings. However, in return, they are assured of pregnancy payments, and compensation in the event they are invalided or injured in on-the-job accidents. The prostitutes applied for coverage after one of them investigated the benefits offered and brought along five of her friends to sign up. A spokesman for the Institute said there are now 160,000 more Israelis covered by national insurance than there are tax-payers.
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