News/Canada: Cops fear for 40 missing strippers

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Subject: News/Canada: Cops fear for 40 missing strippers
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Mon Sep 27 1999 - 14:36:03 EDT


Cops fear for 40 missing strippers
By Tom Godfrey
Toronto Sun, September 14, 1999

Police are trying to track down 40 foreign strippers who've disappeared
>from their downtown clubs.

The women are part of a group of 150 brought here from Eastern Europe and
South America by a Toronto booking agent.

The agent was charged last week with a slew of immigration and criminal
offences.

Det. Bert O'Mara said some of the 110 other dancers have claimed refugee
status.

"These women are victims," he said. The missing strippers won't be charged.
"We want to interview them to find out what happened," O'Mara said.

The women were recruited in Hungary, Romania and South America and brought
to Canada on temporary work permits. O'Mara said police also fear for the
safety of some of the women, who may be lured into a life of crime.

Melanie Orhant
morhant@igc.org
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