A Welsh government website that was found to be offering tips on making a career out of lap dancing, stripping and running escort services has been shut down while an investigation is done.
But the fact that it existed at all has raised alarms for officials there.
“It is hard to understand how the Welsh government can believe it is acceptable to provide information to help women become strippers or run a lap dancing club, which is classed as a sex establishment,” said Assembly Member Jocelyn Davies in a report by The Christian Institute.
The report said the government informed website users they could earn more than 200 British pounds in an evening as a lap-dancer or stripper.
“Fact sheets” noted that annual incomes for lap-dancers or strippers “can range from 24,000 pounds to 48,000 pounds.”
“Stripping is degrading for women and the Welsh government should not be promoting the view that sexually exploitative work is an acceptable career,” Davies said.
While spokeswoman Eluned Parrott of the Liberal Democrats party said the businesses are, in fact, legitimate, she was “very surprised to learn that these factsheets are offered to young people.’
She suggested the “adult entertainment industry” isn’t appropriate to promote as “an aspirational career opportunity to potentially vulnerable young people.”
The government said it launched an investigation as soon as it became aware of the situation, and blocked the contents for the interim.
According to a recent report in The Telegraph, some of the “tips:”
- “Some strippers will remain in underwear but others may become completely naked.”
- “Aspiring actors, models and artists may use stripping as a source of extra income while they try to establish themselves in the entertainment industry.”
The report said the site include links to escort agencies where services promised included “transsexual post-operation and submissive escorts.”
It also offered the suggestion that a comprehensive bra and lingerie fitting course would help, but it noted that was available only to women.