Website's lap-dancing advice

An urgent investigation is underway into how a Welsh Government backed website included links to advice on starting escort and lap-dancing businesses.

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Firm says it provides advice on hundreds of trades

The factsheets on lap-dancing, escort work and stripping were produced by COBRA -The Complete Business Reference Adviser. The firm behind it, Cobweb Information, says it provides several thousand "practical, factual and digestible" reports, guides, factsheets and reference resources.

Its website says it covers hundreds of the most common -and many of the less common- small business trades, sectors and professions. The Welsh Government has now removed links to the factsheets from the Big Ideas Wales website, which aims to help young people start their own businesses.

Welsh Govt blames outside organisation for lap-dancing advice

The Welsh Government says an 'external third party' provided factsheets on lap-dancing, stripping and escort work that could be reached from its Big Ideas Wales website. An urgent investigation was ordered by the First Minister after he was told about the links during questions in the Senedd.

Immediate action was taken once we were made aware of the issue with access to the factsheets being blocked from the business.wales and Big Ideas Wales websites. The factsheets were among hundreds provided by an external third party provider COBRA, which also provides business start up information to other government organisations and bodies, including libraries, banks and universities, across the UK.

– Welsh Government spokesperson

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Investigation into Welsh Govt 'lap dancing advice'

First Minister Carwyn Jones has ordered a full investigation into allegations that a Welsh Government-supported website offered young people advice that included:

  • How to set up your own escort agency
  • How to set up your own lap dancing club
  • How to become a stripper

He was told in the Senedd that links to factsheets on all three topics had appeared on the Big Ideas Wales website, which aims to help young people start their own businesses.

These are legal enterprises but are they the kind of aspirational career opportunities that the Welsh Government should be actively promoting to young people?

– Eluned Parrott, Liberal Democrat AM for South Wales Central

No. I was made aware of this some 10 minutes before I came into the chamber. I will ensure that there is a full investigation into how this happened.

– First Minister Carwyn Jones AM

Links to the factsheets are not currently available on the Big Ideas Wales website

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