Thursday, October 09, 2008

The Whore of Babylon revealed

As the world faces financial Armageddon, Cranmer is delighted that another piece of the apocalypse jigsaw has fallen into place. The story is to be found in The Daily Telegraph, so it must be true. The fact that it has not been reported by The Guardian or the BBC lends credence to its verisimilitude. Apparently, prostitutes have been 'hidden' on Euro banknotes. Yes, the 'Woman who rides the Beast' has been revealed, for the Euro banknotes have been embellished with images of prostitutes 'in order to discourage Ukrainian women from getting caught up in the sex trade'.

Bizarre.

Any aspiring Ukrainian slapper would need bionic sight or a magnifying glass permanently protruding from her pate to see these minuscule figures, for they are hardly of a size to reveal anything, let alone send a stark warning. And Cranmer is utterly at a loss to understand how these images would either persuade prostitutes to desist from selling their bodies for sex or excite teenage boys to start collecting them for their own nocturnal activities. Who in the world actually examines the minute details on banknotes save those obsessed with notaphilia? The Telegraph continues:

The images, which are otherwise almost indistinguishable from the genuine notes, have been produced as part of a campaign to prevent women from the former Soviet state from seeking to work illegally in the EU.

They show under-dressed women - obviously prostitutes - leaning against the grand examples of European architecture that have been printed on the currency's bills since its launch in 2002. Messages warning about the real price of seeking black market employment abroad are printed across the top of the “fake” notes.

Sex trafficking is a serious problem in the Ukraine. Last year the International Organization for Migration estimated that 117,000 Ukrainians had been forced into prostitution or indentured labour abroad since 1991, more than any other Eastern European country.

Women who are trafficked abroad illegally are particularly vulnerable to exploitation, with the criminal gangs who arrange their transport often refusing to return their passports.

Prostitution is widespread in the Ukraine, which is home to more than 12,000 sex workers. The rise of sex tourism, fuelled by wealthy visitors from the US and the EU, sparked demonstrations from students in the capital Kiev this summer.


Cranmer wondered when the revived Roman Empire would reveal the whore. He just never entertained for a minute that she would be a lilliputian.

11 Comments:

Blogger Dave said...

"They show under-dressed women - obviously prostitutes "

I am an "underdressed woman" therefore I am a prostitute.
Really?

9 October 2008 at 10:27  
Blogger Frugal Dougal said...

Your Grace, I am totally at one with the intentions of the producers of these fake notes in stalling the flow of women to Great Britain who end up working as prostitutes. But should there not also be a campaign directed against the Russian gangsters in our country who imprison them in brothels and prevent people who are concerned for their welfare from reaching them?

I remain

your obedient servant

Frugal Dougal
Happy yellow dog of the fens (by appointment)

9 October 2008 at 16:19  
Blogger Harry Hook said...

Still... it's gotta be better than having a Scotsman on an English £20 note.

9 October 2008 at 20:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So they are counterfeits? Just not clear in the original article ... especially to someone who's never seen a euro!

9 October 2008 at 21:15  
Blogger Jenny said...

Well I don't know what the words say, but the pictures rather glamourize prostituation. Can't see any squalid back-bedrooms in scruffy flats, with dirty sheets, or (and let's face it, this is what they are) rapists anywhere, can you?

9 October 2008 at 21:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So now the half-dressed young drape themselves on street corners. building, and doorways? Used to be that's what those females did... but young girls nowadays don't seem to understand the connotations. Or do they?

9 October 2008 at 22:07  
Anonymous William said...

Jenny: the legend on the notes reads "This may be the price for you agreeing to work abroad illegally."

9 October 2008 at 23:35  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

"This may be the price to you agreeing to work abroad illegally..."

...getting paid in dodgy euros?

10 October 2008 at 01:11  
Blogger Holy Smoke said...

I thought they were promoting European architecture tourism. Next time I go to see a major European architecture I will look for the Ukrainian girl.

10 October 2008 at 05:00  
Anonymous billy said...

holy smoke said...
I thought they were promoting European architecture tourism. Next time I go to see a major European architecture I will look for the Ukrainian girl.

10 October 2008 05:00

I saw one outside Birmingham Town Hall last week.
Was that the first sighting?

10 October 2008 at 22:23  
Anonymous len said...

The whore sells herself for a price,
So it is with religion,
Only the whore is more honest!!

11 October 2008 at 19:23  

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