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Report: Visa ban leads Canadian strip clubs to recruit at schools

By Andrew Moran     Jul 23, 2012 in Politics
Toronto - Will high school students be willing to take off their clothes for men in order to afford college tuition? Some might, especially since Canadian strip clubs are now recruiting at high schools due to a new foreign workers ban.
Digital Journal reported earlier this month that Canada’s Immigration Minister Jason Kenney and Human Resources Minister Diane Finley announced that businesses in the sex trade industry, such as strip clubs, escort agencies or massage parlours, will be prohibited from hiring foreign workers.
In an interview at the time, head of the Adult Entertainment Association of Canada (AEAC) Tim Lambrinos said the government was hurting an industry, providing a labour shortage and even forcing women to get into even further dangerous situations.
A new report from QMI Agency suggests that strip clubs are now adapting to the ban and are initiating their six-point plan. Instead of recruiting workers from a foreign land, they are heading to local high schools, colleges and universities to attract young women to avoid a shortage of workers.
The news agency reports that a flyer is being distributed across high schools and campuses praising the industry. The brochure argues that working as a dancer offers flexible part-time hours as well as full-time or seasonal, decent income and the chance to pay post-secondary tuition.
QMI obtained a draft of the flyer that states: “If you are visually appealing and comfortable with your naked body and are comfortable about taking all your clothes off. You can be working right now as an exotic dancer and earn your tuition fees for university or college."
It does provide warnings, though, such as the potential dancers having to undergo private dances in dark lounge areas.
“We are already doing some outreach work in some areas," Lambrinos told QMI. "We will be taking a strippers' dance pole with us to the schools." He added that the overpopulated Toronto area schools are great destinations for recruitment.
Toronto District School Board (TDSB) officials have not publicly commented on the report. Emails from Digital Journal to various TDSB representatives and trustees have not been responded to as of yet.
Meanwhile, foreign dancers who are already here on a work visa that are set to expire are preparing themselves to marry a Canadian citizen for citizenship or file refugee claims. Lambrinos noted that ads will be placed in newspapers and on the Internet for potential husbands to be, who must not have a criminal record of any kind.
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