Strip Clubs: An Endangered Species In Canada
A decade ago, there were 63 strip clubs in the city of Toronto. Now the city is down to just 14.
It seems in an age of easily accessible pornography online, these gentlemen’s clubs just don’t have the draw they once held.
“The market demand of adult entertainment clubs is a male around a certain age,” said Tim Lambrinos, director of the Adult Entertainment Association of Canada (AEAC). ”It seems that young Canadian males are more distracted with other types of interests… its almost as if the young women are the ones bringinn them out to the clubs now.”
Generation Y has different tastes. They’re more interested in digital-based entertainment and re-world games like archery tag and e-sports. People are also resorting to other, more private services that satisfies their sexual drive, rather than public entertainment. This includes apps, x-rated massage parlours, sex and escort services, and new cuddling services.
Apart from the shrinking demand, strip clubs also occupy relatively low-rent spaces which are also disappearing one by one, being replaced by condos and urban retail outlets. Faced with this prospect, the industry is pushing for a change to the law that would allow nudie bars to become brothels as well.
This plan is being pushed by the AEAC, and while it would reduce risk to sex workers and add to our government’s tax revenue, 60% of exotic dancers said they would not want to become sex workers.
To accommodate this generation, strip clubs are planning to incorporate more digital aspects.