A change in Canadian law about temporary work visas could mean that at least one Icelandic stripper there will have to return home.
Canada recently changed their immigration code regarding temporary work visas. Among those changes was the inclusion that Canadians could not hire foreigners to work in areas linked to the sex industry, which includes strip clubs.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports that the matter is not a simple one – many of Canada’s foreign strippers send money back home, and are tied into financial obligations such as leases and mobile phone contracts. The new change to the law – which goes into effect after 11 months – could mean that these strippers will find themselves stuck with financial obligations that they cannot pay, or even face deportation.
Among the strippers in Canada is an Icelandic woman who owns two businesses here but moved to Canada after the crash to start stripping. She expressed frustration at the new law, telling the CBC, “We’re making good money. We’re not stripping for alcohol or drugs.”
She did, however, express optimism that despite the obstacles she and her co-workers now face, that they will overcome them. ” We’ve all saved our money,” she said. “We all have loving family and friends back home.”