B.C.’s advanced education minister took the unusual step Wednesday of warning colleges and universities to watch out for adult entertainment recruiters on the prowl for new hires.
Naomi Yamamoto said she fears recruiters may recruit strippers at post-secondary job fairs across Canada this fall in exchange for tuition.
The minister’s warning is based on news stories out of Windsor, Ontario about the trend.
Kim Kiloh, director for Centre for Student Involvement and Careers at UBC, said they received the minister’s letter Tuesday and they are taking the concerns “very seriously.”
“We have actually never received a request from the adult entertainment industry to participate in one of our career fairs,” Kiloh said Wednesday. “Historically we have received over the past five years, two or three requests to post a job on our job board, but those didn’t ever come to fruition as a result of not meeting our overall screening practices.”
The government also notes that this past spring, the adult industry suggested it would recruit near Vancouver public schools. School board officials strongly expressed that public educational facilities are not the place to recruit workers for these industries.
In a Metro Calgary interview last month, Tim Lambrinos — executive director of the Adult Entertainment Association of Canada — revealed the group’s plan to be featured at job fairs in high schools, colleges and universities across the country.
He said this comes after a new federal bill disallows temporary working visas for foreign female strippers.
“They (federal representatives) are trying to destroy the industry and what it seems is young women between 18-19 have been untouched,” Lambrinos said.
Calls to Lambrinos were not returned Wednesday.