Strip club owners in Canada say they will take their poles to high school job fairs in search of new talent if tough new immigration laws continue, the Toronto Sun reported.
The Adult Entertainment Association of Canada claims the country’s Conservative government is killing the industry by refusing to grant visas or extensions to foreign workers.
“They’re … creating a labor shortage,” AEAC director Tim Lambrinos told the Sun. “The word exotic means foreign, and that’s what people want to see.”
The association says about 800 foreign strippers work in Canada; the change came into effect on July 14.
As a result, the association has formulated a brochure it plans to distribute to high school girls.
It will also engage in lobbying efforts, help dancers with refugee claims or even find husbands so the women can stay in Canada.
“We are already doing some outreach work in some areas,” Lambrinos said, according to the Sun. “We will be taking a strippers’ dance pole with us to the schools.”
The brochure itself – which was leaked to the newspaper – says dancers can earn part-time money to pay for college tuition; however, you must be “visually appealing and comfortable with your naked body and are comfortable about taking all your clothes off.”
The seemingly drastic move comes after Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s ruling Conservatives passed the Safe Streets and Communities Act, Postmedia News reported.
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said the government is cracking down on industries with a risk of human trafficking.
“Finally we now have the power which we’ll begin using as soon as the regulations are done this summer to deny visas to people who we think may be going into that industry because there’s a high chance of trafficking and exploitation,” Kenney told Postmedia.