Strip clubs annoyed by erotic flyers

Tim Lambrinos holds a collection of what he calls pornographic flyers being placed on the cars of...

Tim Lambrinos holds a collection of what he calls pornographic flyers being placed on the cars of patrons in the parking lots of city strip joints. (Alex Urosevic/Sun Media)

TOM GODFREY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:58 AM ET

TORONTO -- Toronto strip joints are in a tug-of-war with massage parlours that are papering patrons' cars with erotic flyers.

The nightly circulation of flyers has led to complaints from members of the community, said Tim Lambrinos of the Adult Entertainment Association of Canada, which represents the strip clubs.

Some flyers offer "oral, full service or discreet encounters", he said, adding others advertise "oral massage" beginning at $40.

The competition for customers has become so fierce that city officials have been asked to help draft bylaws to stop the distribution of the flyers near adult clubs.

"It is a nuisance and it's bordering on pornographic," Lambrinos said yesterday. "We want something done about this advertising."

Nearly all of Toronto's 21 strip clubs are targeted for nightly handouts, he said.

The association wants a change in bylaws that would ban the placing of flyers from vehicles within 800 metres of an adult bar, Lambrinos said.

About two years ago, a knife was pulled on a patron by a person passing out flyers, he said.

"The potential for violence is there," Lambrinos said. "We regularly get complaints from the community about the nature of this advertising."

Bagfuls of flyers have been collected by clubs to give to city council, he said.

"These people are getting more aggressive and are not following the laws," Lambrinos said. "A lot of these people are fly-by-night and not here tomorrow."

Toronto Councillor Howard Moscoe said the dispute has been going on for three years.

The issue will be looked at by city officials once the civic workers strike is over, he said.

"It is against the law to pass out the flyers," Moscoe said. "But the persons have to the caught in the act."

Some massage parlours in Mississauga said they were given permission to place advertising.

Nicky, the owner of Soft Hands Spa in Mississauga, said he has "exclusive rights" from four clubs in the city to pass out flyers.

"I have contracts that were signed by the clubs," he said yesterday.

TOM.GODFREY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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