Regulate swingers clubs: Stripper spokesman
By Tom Godfrey ,Toronto Sun
The City of Toronto is being called on to licence no-holds-barred swingers clubs to ensure nothing illegal takes place inside, says a spokesman for exotic dancers.
Events like ‘Threesome Fridays, Naughty Schoolgirl Saturdays and Rendezvous Thursday’ are popular draws at downtown’s Club Wicked. The club’s owners say they’re not breaking any laws at their popular Queen St. W club.
Activities at some of the GTA swingers clubs, which have a private membership list, include foot fetish events, Flirty Fridays and sex with different or multiple partners.
There are areas inside clubs where men or women can make love in view of others.
Tim Lambrinos, of the Exotic Dancers Association of Canada, said it’s unfair that only strip joints, massage and holistic parlours are inspected and regulated by city officials.
“There is all type of sexual activity taking place openly at these clubs,” Lambrinos said on Monday. “Nobody is paying attention and the city can earn revenue by licensing the clubs.”
Lambrinos said there are about 10 swingers clubs in the GTA and his association has been calling for years for them to fall under the same municipal laws as strip joints.
“The activities that take place at these clubs have to be brought under control,” he insisted. “Right now, there’s no laws that governs these clubs or the swingers inside.”
The association has written to city councillors and licensing officials to take action.
City of Toronto spokesman Bruce Hawkins said there are no plans to start licensing the clubs, adding they are governed by the Criminal Code.
He noted “services” are not provided by owners of the clubs.
“The activity is carried out by the patrons,” he said in an e-mail.
The owners of Wicked, meanwhile, said they’re abiding by all city bylaws and guidelines.
“We are operating under the rule of law,” said co-owner Aurora Benzion. “We are providing a venue for people to meet.”
Benzion said her club is different from a strip club or massage parlour, since her patrons “have a very different lifestyle.”
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