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#1 key2thecup

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 07:00 PM

Strip clubs set to recruit high school students
By Tom Godfrey, Toronto Sun

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Dancers Caroline (left) and Nicola. Dave Thomas/QMI AGENCY



TORONTO - Recruiters of teenage strippers may soon be scouring Toronto high schools in search of female students who can be groomed into disrobing part-time as exotic dancers to earn college tuition.
A flyer praising the benefits of the burlesque trade has been produced to target students in high schools, colleges and universities in the Toronto area, says a group representing dancers and club owners.
The brochure claims working as a dancer pays well, offers flexible hours and makes a "great part-time job to raise college tuition."
A scramble is underway by the Adult Entertainment Association of Canada to fill a demand for dancers after the federal government this month stopped issuing visas or extensions for foreign strippers to work here. There are up to 800 foreign strippers in Canada and most vow to go underground and work in the sex trade if they can't dance legally.
The foreign dancers, many of whom are from Eastern Europe and South America, represent about 5% of the 38,000 strippers working in clubs across Canada. Most of them dance in Toronto, Windsor, Ont., London, Ont., Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Calgary.
Caroline, 28, and Nicola, 25, have been dancing in a downtown Toronto club for more than a year and have tasted the good life, and now don't want to return to their native Hungary.


"We are not happy that visas are no longer being issued to us," Caroline said. "I am very disappointed and afraid of what may happen to me in the future."
The women say they work long hours and send most of their earnings back home to their families.
"We did not do anything wrong in Canada," she said. "They should not be sending us back home."
Nicola said she's stressed out and hasn't been able to eat since hearing news of the visa revocation.
"My visa is almost expired and I am very scared," she said. "I am very shattered that I may no longer be able to work and help my family back home."


The association said the visa ban that began July 14 means more Canadian women have to be hired to meet the demand. The new rules will prevent strip clubs, escort services and massage parlours from having access to foreign women.
"They're destroying the industry by creating a labour shortage," association director Tim Lambrinos said. "The word 'exotic' means foreign and that's what people want to see."
The association has created a "six-point action plan" to help keep the dancers in Canada. That includes more recruitment of women in high schools and colleges, lobbying the government for changes and if all else fails, the strippers plan to file refugee claims or marry Canadian citizens to sponsor them.
Lambrinos said girls 18 and older can work as dancers in Ontario, according to advice from their lawyers.
He said recruiters from strip clubs will try to attract students by attending job fairs at high schools, colleges and universities in Toronto and surrounding areas.
"We are already doing some outreach work in some areas," Lambrinos said. "We will be taking a strippers' dance pole with us to the schools."
He said overcrowded Toronto high schools can become a prime recruiting ground for potential dancers.
QMI Agency has obtained a draft copy of the flyer to be circulated to high school students. It advises them that they can earn tuition fees while working as an "exotic dance entertainer" and that no sex with customers is permitted.
"If you are visually appealing and comfortable with your naked body and are comfortable about taking all your clothes off," the flyer states. "You can be working right now as an exotic dancer and earn your tuition fees for university or college."
Students are told they must be "comfortable ... onstage at a club and disrobing," and are guaranteed that "no actual sex or sex acts (will) occur."
It warns them that they will have to provide private dances, or table dances, in dark lounge areas and part-time, full-time or seasonal jobs are available.
Officials of the Toronto District School Board did not return phone calls or e-mails about the proposal despite repeated attempts by QMI Agency. Several high school students said they did not like the idea of strippers being recruited from among their peers.
Foreign dancers said they're willing to get married to a Canadian citizen or file refugee claims to stay here.
Plans are in place to seek Canadian men to marry some of the strippers whose visas are about to expiry, which could force them to go underground and into the hands of organized crime to work in the sex trade.
Lambrinos said photographs and descriptions of some the dancers will be posted on the Internet and newspaper ads with text seeking Canadian husbands. Potential hubbies will have to be citizens and not have a criminal record.
"This is very urgent for some of the dancers whose visas are nearing expiry," Lambrinos said. "Every potential sponsor will be looked at and the girls will make a decision on who they want to marry."
There will be a phone number and e-mails for the potential husbands to contact their potential brides.
Officials of the Canada Border Services Agency said the scheme can be considered a marriage of convenience, since there is no history of courtship between the couple. If approved, the sponsor will be responsible for his wife for about 10 years in Canada.
"We're trying to do all we can to keep the dancers here," Lambrinos said. "The girls themselves have said they are not going back home."
He said another plan will have the strippers file claims for refugee status and there is no guarantee that they will be accepted.
Immigration officials said filing a claim will allow the women to remain here for more than a year as they challenge the case, but eventuality they will have to leave.
The controversial "stripper visa" dates back to 1998 and allowed hundreds of foreign dancers into the country each year. In 2001, for example, 660 foreign dancers, mostly from eastern Europe, were admitted.
All they had to do was provide a Canadian job offer from a strip club and prove they were qualified to "dance."
Roughly 100 of the visas have been renewed each year since 2006.
Support for the program has plummeted ever since MP Judy Sgro, a former Liberal immigration minister, resigned in 2000 after facing accusations that she fast-tracked a stripper who worked on her campaign -- a scandal dubbed "Strippergate."

Students already stripping to pay tuition: Club owner

One popular Toronto strip club owner says his stable of exotic dancers include more than a dozen college or university students.
The well-known Toronto businessman, who did not want to be publicly identified, said two of his dancers are studying to become doctors; four are attending law school and six are taking classes to become chartered accountants.
"They just do their job and go home," the owner said. "They are very intelligent and always show up on time and don't perform extras."
Club owners have created a six-point plan of action to recruit strippers as foreign dancers are becoming scarce as their visas can't be renewed under a new federal law.
They plan on organizing the dancers; stepping up recruitment in high schools, colleges and universities; seeking Canadian husbands to marry those whose visas are expiring; filing refugee claims, lobbying the federal government and working with civil servants.






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Posted 22 July 2012 - 07:02 PM

Been to a couple in Toronto a couple years back for my buddys stag, they were already looking pretty young in there, think one of the places was Diamonds
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Posted 22 July 2012 - 07:03 PM

If they're of age, doesn't matter.
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Posted 22 July 2012 - 07:18 PM

Whatever. High school or college, if they're over the age requirement, it's a non-issue. Good that they are paying for school in a safe, controlled (for the most part) environment. Obviously, their parents failed at some point in looking out for them so good on these girls for getting their lives in order.
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Posted 22 July 2012 - 07:23 PM

Whatever. High school or college, if they're over the age requirement, it's a non-issue. Good that they are paying for school in a safe, controlled (for the most part) environment. Obviously, their parents failed at some point in looking out for them so good on these girls for getting their lives in order.



Would you mind explaining the bolded part in a little more depth? Who are you referring to? The two women in the article or high school girls in general who would be looking to make money for college or university.
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Posted 22 July 2012 - 07:26 PM

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 07:31 PM

Strippers don't go to college. Who are they kidding! :lol:
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Posted 22 July 2012 - 07:32 PM

As long as they're 18+, it's all good.
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Posted 22 July 2012 - 07:36 PM

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 07:54 PM

Always thought it was weird that one could work in these places before being old enough to frequent them. Otherwise, no biggie.
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Posted 22 July 2012 - 07:56 PM

The thing about high school girls...
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Posted 22 July 2012 - 08:00 PM

They should profile those pre-meds/med students and law students ;)
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Posted 22 July 2012 - 08:02 PM

Serve with an extra side of skank.
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Posted 22 July 2012 - 08:14 PM

The important thing here is that beautiful, exotic foreigners are not stealing jobs from good, hardworking Canadian women!
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Posted 22 July 2012 - 08:16 PM

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Wow, there's some pretty judgmental comments in here about strippers.

But as they're coming from guys, I'm not surprised as really, all a stripper is to some of you is a brainless piece of meat worthy only to be ogled and groped by guys who then go home to their wives and girlfriends pretending to be Mr. Clean, right? <_<

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 08:19 PM

\I am dead against this type of degradation, objectification and subjectification of women.
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Posted 22 July 2012 - 08:21 PM

I think they are pushing the limit going to high schools; college is fine but highschools should be off limit. Why don't they just hang out at churches while they're at it!
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Posted 22 July 2012 - 08:21 PM

Oh no, whenever I see a naked girl my firs thought is "I'll bet she's a great cook".
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Posted 22 July 2012 - 08:21 PM

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Wow, there's some pretty judgmental comments in here about strippers.

But as they're coming from guys, I'm not surprised as really, all a stripper is is a brainless piece of meat worthy only to be ogled and groped by guys who then go home to their wives and girlfriends pretending to be Mr. Clean, right? <_<


Somebody sounds like a man hater.
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Posted 22 July 2012 - 08:23 PM

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 08:23 PM

\I am dead against this type of degradation, objectification and subjectification of women.


And what do you have to say about the obstreperation, permutation, and bifurcation..?
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Posted 22 July 2012 - 08:25 PM

Just curious any strip clubs in the Vancouver area? I know there is tons in Toronto.

Anybody know what is the age limit in general for clubs? Might recommend some for a buddy's birthday party or something.

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 08:28 PM

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Somebody sounds like a man hater.


Quite the contrary, I can assure you.

What I despise are boys/men with the self-justified attitude of feeling free to call all strippers brainless, skanks, whores, etc. Immature men/boys who have no problem going to watch strippers and ogle and grope them and then go home to wives/girlfriends/partners all sanctimonious and holier-than-thou about the women who have just entertained them. Hypocrites, every last one of them.


And as per the topic of this thread....

High schools should be off limits for recruiting. Colleges and universities are a different story altogether as these students are obviously on their own, having left home to make their own way in life.

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 08:38 PM

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Wow, there's some pretty judgmental comments in here about strippers.

But as they're coming from guys, I'm not surprised as really, all a stripper is to some of you is a brainless piece of meat worthy only to be ogled and groped by guys who then go home to their wives and girlfriends pretending to be Mr. Clean, right? <_<


Way to pass judgment.
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Posted 22 July 2012 - 08:42 PM

Doesn't strike me as being the least bit ethical.
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Posted 22 July 2012 - 08:42 PM

Would you mind explaining the bolded part in a little more depth? Who are you referring to? The two women in the article or high school girls in general who would be looking to make money for college or university.


someone screwed up if they are stripping to pay for an education. either parents or other people involved in these girls upbringing. i'm not saying the girls are at fault, but the adults in their lives.

if i had a daughter and she needed to strip to go to school...that means i f--ed up somewhere along the line.
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Posted 22 July 2012 - 08:42 PM

Way to pass judgment.


I own it. Based on the comments by some in here, my comments were truthful and factual.
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Posted 22 July 2012 - 08:49 PM

someone screwed up if they are stripping to pay for an education. either parents or other people involved in these girls upbringing. i'm not saying the girls are at fault, but the adults in their lives.

if i had a daughter and she needed to strip to go to school...that means i f--ed up somewhere along the line.


Because parents couldn't pay for higher education? Or is it because once a girl becomes an adult she can make her own decisions regardless of how she was brought up? I would love to meet one single person who has never done anything against their parent's teachings from childhood.

I have known many strippers - a couple were stripping to pay for med school, a few to pay the bills and go to community college, some to put food on the table for their children because a husband/baby daddy decided not to step up to the plate and skipped town. It's fast, easy and simple money for some who have other obligations and cannot work a full time job. For some, it's the only job they are 'qualified' for.

As in every occupation, there are bad apples, but to generalize an entire group of women who do exotic dancing for a living isn't fair.Or right.

No parent would be thrilled to have their teenage daughter stripping, I absolutely get that. I know I wouldn't like it. But the fact is, many girls/women do, and they're not all whores, they're not all skanks, and they most certainly aren't all brainless.
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Posted 22 July 2012 - 08:50 PM

I own it. Based on the comments by some in here, my comments were truthful and factual.


Not really, you just made up an imaginary scenario. Though truth be told, one that it's not all that hard to see being reality. Cuts both ways though. There are male strippers as well and the females are way more out of control in their presence then the men are in the presence of women strippers.
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Posted 22 July 2012 - 08:51 PM

Not really, you just made up an imaginary scenario. Though truth be told, one that it's not all that hard to see being reality. Cuts both ways though. There are male strippers as well and the females are way more out of control in their presence then the men are in the presence of women strippers.


More of my post went over your head than I thought then.

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