Are strip clubs gateways for human trafficking?

- November 23rd, 2012


You may remember a story from last summer about strip club owners publicly throwing a fit after the federal government stopped granting visas to foreigners who want to come to Canada to disrobe for money.

The Sun story began like this:

TORONTO – Recruiters of teenage strippers may soon be scouring Toronto high schools in search of female students who can be groomed into disrobing part-time as exotic dancers to earn college tuition.

A flyer praising the benefits of the burlesque trade has been produced to target students in high schools, colleges and universities in the Toronto area, says a group representing dancers and club owners.

The brochure claims working as a dancer pays well, offers flexible hours and makes a “great part-time job to raise college tuition.”

You can read the rest here.

A great part-time job to raise college tuition? Some might say so, but at least one university student in London, Ont. hoping to study medicine wouldn’t. For ‘Jasmine’, the strip club  became her gateway to human trafficking, prostitution, and rape. Here’s part of a recent story I wrote:

Jasmine said she thought being a stripper would be a fun way to work her way through university in London, Ont.

Instead, the strip club became a trap where she met the slick-talker who tricked her into a relationship and eventually became her pimp.

“He started raping me, beating me up, telling me if I wanted to act like a ‘ho’ he was going to treat me like one and the vicious cycle just went on and on and on,” said Jasmine.

Pregnant with her pimp’s child, Jasmine said she eventually got out of her brutal life when police became involved.

Ultimately, she said returning to her Christian roots “and obeying God and doing what was right in his eyes and according to the Bible” has kept her safe.

You can read the full story about how Jasmine fits into a new RCMP effort to prevent teens and young adults from becoming a human trafficking victim here.

If you want more details on the RCMP’s youth outreach efforts to prevent human trafficking, click here.

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  1. Brian Stewart says:

    Ask Judy Sgro she was responsible for a federal program to import abused women, as if there are not enough here already

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