Toronto strippers win locker fight

TOM GODFREY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:47 AM ET

TORONTO - Toronto-area strippers have won a six-year fight to obtain free lockers to keep their clothing and jewelry safe during shows, their association says.

The city's 1,400 dancers had been trying since 2004 to get free access to lockers in 31 GTA strip clubs so they wouldn't have to spend a loonie each time they needed to secure their possessions, Tim Lambrinos of the Adult Entertainment Association of Canada said Thursday.

"Its a little victory for women's rights and dancers," Lambrinos said. "The dancers were tired of getting their costumes and other items stolen."

He said the clubs will provide the lockers and the dancers must provide a lock.

Lambrinos said some dancers complained of spending $5 or more daily for a locker.

He said the strippers, to save a buck, usually left their lockers open, which led to items being pilfered.

"This is a big issue and a victory for the girls," Lambrinos said.

He said the change was ordered by the association six years ago but was fought by one club, which only this month agreed.

"This is a big issue for the ladies," said Irene Sepp, executive assistant of Councillor Howard Moscoe, who's chairman of the municipal licensing and standards committee.

Joanne, a dancer at the House of Lancaster, said she was pleased to hear the news.

"We should have had this a long time ago," Joanne said. "The girls are a lot happier."


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