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Thursday, May 17, 2007
The symbiosis of bureaucrats and strippers
A little education, for opposition MP's who are suddenly less than concerned about the exploitation of some of the women in this country, on a subject I am personally familiar with...strippers.
Well over a decade ago, I spent a year and a half in this less-than-savory profession. The club where I worked was an up-scale, fairly classy place (at least as far as strip clubs go), and the treatment afforded the women who worked there was better than most places I had been. This particular club also had one other defining characteristic -- an overwhelming reliance on "imported talent". Every Canadian girl was out numbered by Romanians, 10 to 1.
Knowing what I now know about Romania (I briefly visited), and the living conditions suffered by most under the Communist regime and after, I understand fully why many women would opt for any opportunity to leave a country that was crumbling into a bottomless pit of poverty. By comparison, I'm sure a Canadian strip club looked like a much more prosperous option. A clever ruse that many clubs and their agents were happy to perpetrate on their unsuspecting charges. I witnessed it many times, firsthand.
A young lady interested in moving to Canada and becoming a stripper, would get fast-tracked through an agent who would find her a club willing to sponsor her trip. She was not expected to cover any upfront costs. The club would then find her a hotel to stay in (at her cost) and a driver to ferry her back and forth from hotel to club (at her cost). In return, she was expected to "work off" the cost of her sponsorship to the tune of (on average) $9,000-$12,000 -- some were even charged interest. This usually required working 7 days a week, 10-13 hours a day, and taking home a measly fraction of the money she earned. In the meantime, the club would hold her passport, in order to prevent her from going anywhere else (or back home).
Contrary to most people's perceptions, strippers don't make scads of money -- unless they are willing to go a little above and beyond the call of duty. This is the main reason I didn't stay long in the business. If you're only there to dance, and 10 other girls are dishing out extra, it's a hard sell. Either way, it takes a long time to pay back these extortive fees and these women are afforded very little freedom of movement until they do.
This is the kind of exploitation our Immigration policy has been allowing and enabling for some time now and the Honorable Opposition would like to keep it that way. An odd thing, for the Liberals to circle the wagons on. I'm not sure which aspect they deem worth protecting more...the exploitation of women or the fast-tracking of economically dependent immigrants.
I worked with these women. Many were friends of mine. It was my shoulder they would cry on, in frustration, desperation and disillusionment at a system designed to mislead and delude them into an arrangement that afforded them the status of little more than slaves -- in this, a country of supposed freedom.
All this for a job Canadians won't do, I guess.
Posted by Wonder Woman on May 17, 2007 | Permalink
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A powerful, powerful post.
Well done, WW.
Posted by: D.J. McGuire | 2007-05-17 3:05:10 PM
Is anyone really surprised that the 'liberal' defenders of all things feminist are actually the ones enabling this abuse and exploitation of women?.....where are the feminist groups speaking about this? The silence is deafening.
Posted by: Markalta | 2007-05-17 3:13:30 PM
".where are the feminist groups speaking about this?"
They are busy condemning the Palestinian's, Iranian's, & Taliban's treatment of their women - aren't they?
Well, aren't they?
Posted by: obc | 2007-05-17 3:18:20 PM
obc: no they're more concerned with Harper's treatment of Afghan prisoners. So much for priorities.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2007-05-17 3:42:20 PM
You mean Afghan prisoners are more worthy of attention than Muslim women? Who'd a thunk it!
Posted by: obc | 2007-05-17 3:50:06 PM
obc: keep in mind who's giving the attention - superleftist liberals, dippers and greens who are clamoring to regain power. They'll say anything to get elected. Hopefully that won't happen, but it all depends on the Ontarians, whose commitment to a conservative government is tepid at best.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2007-05-17 4:24:36 PM
Why allow stripping at all? But beyond that, why allow the immigration in the first place? It takes jobs and drives down wages. And if you're going to allow the immigration, why does it not reflect the face of the community?
Posted by: DJ | 2007-05-17 4:35:30 PM
DJ: I agree. It is sexist and degrading for all concerned. Banning it outright might not be possible, but if the foreign supply dries up then it might die a natural death.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2007-05-17 5:09:20 PM
Who are we to judge? The Left has deemed all cultures are the same. That means they care equally about all cultures.
That's why the Left cares equally about exploited immigrant strippers and oppressed burqa wearing Afghans.
Any day now, there should be a violent protest to defend these vulnerable creatures.
Any day now. 3 - 2 - 1
Posted by: h2o273kk9 | 2007-05-17 5:16:19 PM
Liberal voters should be happy if foreign strippers are banned, their daughters can demand higher wages now. Only Liberal strip joint owners who exploit these women could possibly be upset.
Posted by: philanthropist | 2007-05-17 10:38:17 PM
The strippers hould stay in the shit-hole countries they come from. Canada is too good for them.
Posted by: aa | 2007-05-17 10:50:25 PM
Personally, I just love Romania strippers.
Posted by: Marc | 2007-05-18 7:11:40 AM
What makes them so special?
Posted by: Set you free | 2007-05-18 7:41:09 AM
Their accent and the fact that we don't understand each other ;-)
Also, they have their pretty own way of being sexy.
But Set, since you know the exact location of the "SS", downtown Mtl...I guess you will agree with me.
Posted by: Marc | 2007-05-18 7:48:23 AM
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