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    Cash shortage leads young Calgary women to sex trade

    Cash-starved students in sex trade
    By MICHAEL PLATT
    The Calgary Sun

    In a few years, their diplomas will earn them a living, but for now, dozens of Calgary students are using knowledge of a more carnal sort to pay their way through a post-secondary education. With university tuition closing in on $5,000 a year and rents soaring in Calgary, it's perhaps not surprising to find female students flocking to $300-an-hour jobs in Calgary's escort agencies.

    "It's not unusual for students to be working as escorts -- they can easily make enough to live comfortably, and not worry about bills or tuition," said Jennifer, owner of Five Star Calgary Escorts. A perfectly legal industry in Calgary -- escort agencies are licensed by the city -- there are roughly a dozen companies offering escorts. Roughly 150 women are officially registered in the trade. Of those women, roughly 40% are students currently attending college or university in Calgary, according to the agencies.

    "We definitely have girls who go to school and do this on the side," said Jennifer, who like many in the industry, refers to herself by one name. "We also have girls who want to go back to school, and they're saving money because, obviously, they can't be escorts for the rest of their lives."

    Officially, an escort's job description doesn't include sex and employees are told what they do behind closed doors is their own decision. But the reality is, sex for cash is the cornerstone of the escort industry -- it's why the job pays so much. The city's blind approach to the sexual nature of the business landed them in trouble three years ago, when a firefighter licensed to run an escort agency was taken to court on pimping charges. During the trial, the steamy side of the business was laid bare and the court acquitted, saying the sexual nature of the business is obvious and the firefighter couldn't have known his agency's services -- including a $600 "couples special" -- weren't legal.

    Jennifer laughs when it's pointed out mainstream employers like coffee shops and restaurants are readily hiring, too, albeit at a bit less than $300 an hour.
    "Yeah, but with the cost of living these days, that's not enough for someone to survive -- this way you get a vehicle, and you can shop and money is not an issue," she said.

    Calgary's police steer clear of investigating escort agencies, unless a specific complaint is filed. Insp. Shaun Gissing said there's no sign of students joining the street-level sex trade to earn a buck. "Inevitably, people working on the street are not students trying to get by," said Gissing.

    But away from the street, those who run escort agencies say students are flocking to the business. "We get tons of them coming into apply -- they work here part-time while they're going to school," said Shelly, owner of Mansion Bunnies. "Tuition is high and Calgary is expensive -- I'd say it's a bit of both, plus the leniency of the job. You can take time off whenever you want." Shelly confirms about "three or four" of every 10 escorts are in school and she says most plan to work in corporate Calgary.

    In the meantime, it's a matter of survival -- and unlike the typical student scraping by, escorts choose the riches of a controversial industry. "It's the economy and Calgary is an elitist place, where if you're not in the oil industry making money, it's a struggle," she said. "So they work here to make ends meet, until they can get a job in the white-collar world."

    Escorts are at the extreme end of the scale, but exotic dance booking agent Dale Pidluzny says he's seeing plenty of students willing to flaunt their assets for tuition. "We have a lot of girls who are students, going to university," said Pidluzny, of Independent Artists Ltd. "There are girls who go to college and university and so they dance all summer and make enough money to cover tuition and rent for the year."

    The pay is less than for escorts -- top strippers can rake in $2,000 a week in wages and tips -- but Pidluzny said dancing offers safety and the audience can't touch. The issue of tuition fuelling the escort and stripper trade is one Calgary's post-secondary institutions won't touch, either. Mount Royal College and the U of C declined comment, saying extra-curricular activity is the student's business. At $300 an hour, it's a lucrative business at that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by My_dingaling
    Micheal Platt from the Calgary Sun needs to get out more and see the world.
    May be true, but the article in question is aimed at people who have no clue how the sex trade works. I'll bet 90% of these readers will be shocked once they've read the article. Finally, Platt's job is to help sell newspapers, and these topics often hit the mark. Whether or not he needs to see the world (who knows, he might be a hobbyist also) is irrelevant.

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    I'm not sure I understand the use of the "thumbs up" beside the title "Cash shortage leads young Calgary women to sex trade".

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    Yeah, but it only took you a minute. One of those students just made $5, and had more fun in the same minute. Oh the plight of the poor working man. LOL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Holliday
    There! Made the correction! Damn i'm good!
    Thanks!

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    “With university tuition closing in on $5,000 a year and rents soaring in Calgary, it's perhaps not surprising to find female students flocking to $300-an-hour jobs in Calgary's escort agencies.”

    I wonder what the poor male students are doing to ease the burden? Oh, that darn glass ceiling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Equanimity
    But you do BD, you do. Hope you don't mind but your clients are still going to be fat 50 year old men Enjoy
    Once again, showing how much you know about the bizz and what about Karma?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Equanimity
    The comment was a bit frivilous, I admit, but your continuous anti-female comments are getting really really old.
    As liberalism continues to divide the genders, more and more young men are waking up and getting into the hobby cause they just don’t want to put up with the bullshit anymore. You may think it is getting old, but it is actually a new wave. BTW, is your name Pat in real life, cause I am having the hardest time trying to figure out if you are a man or a woman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by INDY'S SECRETS
    Guys in Calgary are very horny ! il y a une raison tres simple a ca et cest le manque de femme a calgary
    That's the problem with an industrial/business oriented boom-town. Lots of single men show up to make their fortune. On the other hand, in a "pink-collar" government town like Ottawa, there's a surplus of single women.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Equanimity
    the point was that there is a male prostitution business but it is gay orientated.
    Absolutely correct. Male escorts who aren't bisexual or willing to service men (i still don't believe a heterosexual man can work as a gay escort, but i've been told differently) don't make any money in this business. The movie "American Giggolo" was just movie, unfortunately. An acquaintance of mine worked as a male escort (for an agency) both in the Ottawa & Mtl area & got out soon after since he wasn't getting calls as a straight male escort. He did accept to do a couple of high-paying calls with gay clients, but it didn't take him long to realize that this wasn't his thing & decided to go back to school to obtain a degree.

    In other words, if you want to make money in this field, you have to go gay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by INDY'S SECRETS
    Guys in Calgary are very horny ! il y a une raison tres simple a ca et cest le manque de femme a calgary cest vraiment incroyable comment la demande est tres forte la bas pour les SP.
    Les etudiantes qui se lance dans la carriere de SP trouve tres facilement de tres gros clients pret
    " a entretenir un relation reguliere $$$ " pour sassurer davoir une place avec la demoiselle a toute les semaine.
    Guys everywhere are also very horny. Calgary men don't hold a stake on that claim.

    The way I see it, the reason that the escort business in Calgary is booming isn't necessarily due to a lack of women in that area. I think it has more to do with the fact that Calgary is the oil capital of Canada & the petroleum industry has been booming over the past couple of years & there's a lot more money in that city now than there ever was. More money to spend, a lot of it! Move the oil companies headquarters from Calgary to Montreal & the escort business in Calgary will be dead & you'll have agencies from BC & Alberta sending girls to Mtl, and high priced call-girls moving from out west (and from the US) coming to Mtl to set shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Equanimity
    I'm not sure where you get this "new wave" stuff from but perhaps you can enlighten us.
    Anybody who doesn’t realize that “everybody knows” that male prostitution is all gay, also will not be able to comprehend words of enlightenment from someone who has not been socially programmed to think women are men and men are women.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maria Divina
    Congratulations!!!! You just been able to write something i did never expect from you.....hahahahahaha.......


    Have a good day, by the way...
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    And as always, you have made my day!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Equanimity
    BD sorry but you are confused again. It was I that told you that male prostitution was mostly gay orientated. In order to do that one would think I realize it myself. Whew
    You just don't get it. You were insinuating that I did not know this. Is it my french, or what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Equanimity
    I would be interested to know, however, where you avoided being socially programmed like the rest of us.
    That would not pertain to the subject of this thread, and you know how Doc is about getting off topic in one of his threads. That being said, in a previous thread, I did elaborate on the point that a recession would lead to more women entering the SP bizz.

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