Thursday, July 29, 2004
Foreign Stripper Controversy in Canada
Now I might be misunderstanding something here, but here goes. I've read a couple of other things on the web but mainly I am distilling my frenzy from this article. Some foreign women are interested in entering Canada with the intention of working as exotic dancers. The Canadian immigration authorities are concerned about possible exploitation and trafficking of women, so they request proof that the women are experienced exotic dancers; some of this proof includes stage photos. A Toronto tabloid embellished the tale, it seems, with talk of immigration officers poring over nude photos. The Canadian government has responded with the claim that nude photos are never requested, though perhaps some are submitted -- especially by women who are applying for their Canadian visas from Moscow. Whew. I'll close with another surprising detail:
Eighty percent of the 850 exotic dancers granted visas obtained their document from the Canadian embassy in Bucharest, Romania.
Authorities have found dancers there speak English and French, Canada's two official languages, are less likely to be involved in the vice trade than other countries and return home promptly when their jobs are over.