Canada Bans Foreign Strippers
Move is to protect women, government says
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 6, 2012 4:56 AM CDT
Jamie Cromar of Dance EroTeknique puts on a pole dancing demonstration at The Ballroom in Montreal, Canada.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Seeking to protect women from exploitation, Canada is ending visas for foreign strippers, reports the Globe and Mail. Foreign escorts and massage parlor workers will also be banned. The government says the move is to combat human trafficking but critics say the ruling Conservative Party is just being prudish. The government has issued 496 visas to exotic dancers since 2006, though just 12 were issued last year. There are about 700 foreign strippers currently working in the country, but they won't be allowed to renew their one-year visas when they expire.

"The government cannot in good conscience continue to admit temporary foreign workers to work in businesses in sectors where there are reasonable grounds to suspect a risk of sexual exploitation," says Canada's immigration minister. But advocates for the adult entertainment industry say that as long as those jobs are legal in Canada, the government is discriminating against valid workers. "They’re destroying the industry by creating a labor shortage," says a spokesman for the Adult Entertainment Association of Canada, adding that strip clubs will probably end up recruiting foreign students, who are allowed to work part-time. "The word exotic means foreign, and that’s what people want to see," he says.

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Jul 12, 2012 7:37 PM CDT
The truth is it's not about exploitation. If they cared anything about that they would not have made that move. This move will directly lead to an underground market and in this market is where the real exploitation will take place. The once safe dancers will end up in the hand of some real monsters. If they were thinking about exploitation surely this would have crossed their mind. I'm thinking it's a bunch of women that want to get rid of exotic dancers period but didn't really think it through thoroughly. Probably never heard of the laws of supply and demand either.
Jul 11, 2012 4:21 PM CDT
What to say, what to say... To all foreign strippers between the ages of 18 and 23 who can't go to Canada... you can crash at my place for a while!
Jul 9, 2012 1:12 PM CDT
Yup, pretty a$$backwards to attempt to protect women from being exploited as sex slaves Guess those of you who don't get the point, are all right with that concept as long as your tittie shows aren't interupted - who cares whether the woman they are attached to is willing. Bunch of freak wankers. How horrific that without the influx of owned women some stripper bars might close down. Boo freaking hoo - any business that exists on the misery and enslavement of human beings shouldn't exist. And no - I have no problem with skin shows - however this law might ensure that only those who actually want to take off their clothes for money are doing so, and I don't see the problem with that. Any one who does is probably a human trafficker. Just saying. The Tamil thing is an entirely different matter - we were taken (collectively) to the cleaners by that bunch of fake refugees.