Sunday, June 28, 2015

15 Signs Your Neighbour is a Stripper

15. She carries a large, heavy bag and a blanket out of the house every Monday

14. It seems like every song she hears, she says, “I've danced to this!”

13. When she tidies the yard, she bends at her waist and flips her hair as she rises.

12. She wears sweat pants most of the time.

11. She leaves the house with no make-up on and comes home fully done up. 

10. She sometimes wears a wig. 

Annie rocks a wig in this photo.

9. Her Halloween costumes are sexy and all the pieces match.

From Fantasy Design Studio

8. She has multiple men mowing her lawn, fixing her car, taking out her garbage but doesn't appear to be romantically involved with any of them.

7. She arches her back when she's gardening and it looks completely natural.

6. You're not sure but you think some of her friends may have breast implants. 

Photo courtesy of The Infamous Samantha Mack

5. She's the only resident in the neighbourhood who tells the asshole neighbour to “fuck off.” 

Photo taken from The Frisky

4. She pays her entire rent in five dollar bills. 

3. The bush in her front yard is suspiciously shaped like a penis.

2. She has a perfect tan year-round.

1. She occasionally has random sequins stuck to her body and doesn't seem to notice.

Trade Secrets - Working in Small Towns

Post reproduced from Trade Secrets: Health and Safety in the Sex Industry which was published in BC, Canada in 2009. All advice given in these posts comes from sex industry workers who shared their experience and knowledge for this guide.

The Naked Truth will feature one section from the guide each week. This week's post is from Chapter One: Our Workspaces.

Note from Trina: If any of the information you see is outdated, please comment below or send me an email so that I can correct the information. I will also update each section on the Trade Secrets blog as I go.

Working in Small Towns

In small towns the streets are meaner, the rates are lower, and the competition is fierce. People can also be very judgemental.

If you’re the only stripper in a one-horse town, they will know why you’re there and may treat you poorly. Blending into the crowds will help you get through your stay a little easier.

For transgender workers, small towns can be downright dangerous. No matter who we are, our best bet is to smile and walk on by when faced with discrimination from others. And be very discreet about our work.

In a small town, we are more likely to run into a client in public – like at the grocery store – and we are more likely to have someone we know respond to our ad – like a teacher from a high school.

Small towns are sometimes very isolated. A few minutes out of town and you are alone on a highway. Not a safe place to be if you find out your date is actually a predator.

Be aware if you are taking the Greyhound to a small town at night, you may arrive there and find that there aren’t any cabs. Nothing is open. And you’re all alone. Try to arrange rides in advance through your agent, or call cab companies ahead of time.

If you think your cab driver is sketchy, you can discourage him from trying anything by getting him to take you to a bank machine where he will be seen on camera while you’re withdrawing money.

Not all rural communities have a stroll, so street-based workers may have trouble locating a workspace. There are also usually fewer resources than in bigger cities – less chance of finding sex worker organizations or needle exchanges.

While most sex industry workers say the money is better in larger cities, money can be good in smaller towns, especially when they are located near work camps or oil rigs. Being a new face in a small town can also generate business for you.

About Trade Secrets

Trade Secrets is a collaborative project that was contributed to by diverse members of the sex industry and their community.

About the Project

Who Contributed?

Some of this information may be outdated. Please feel free to comment below the relevant posts and information you'd like to add or update. Your help is appreciated.

Thank you for your commitment to supporting health and safety in the sex industry.

In Solidarity,

Trina Ricketts (Annie)

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Regular customers who become lifelong friends with interesting benefits

By Annie Temple

We hear all about how clients of sex industry workers are perverts, oppressors, murderers, and rapists from the SWERF camp. Justice Minister Peter MacKay said it this way when he enacted a law with the Canadian Conservative government criminalizing clients:

“It’s my belief that prostitution is inherently dangerous,” he [stated], saying the government regards prostitutes as victims who need to be protected from those dangers.

The funny thing about considering us all victims is that it takes away our voices. Anything we say will be ignored due to our victim status. I.E. We are too degraded and oppressed to know what's best for us.

When we defend our rights, we are either "privileged" sex workers - unlike the majority who are victims - or we are pimps (members of the "pimp lobby"), or...(and this is the primary weapon used against us) ...we are brainwashed by our oppressors, maybe even forced to say that we like our jobs or risk being beaten within an inch of our lives.

It reminds me of the time we approached Starbucks asking them to donate coffee for our volunteers on event day. They agreed to donate the coffee with one stipulation - it had to be given to the exotic dancers and no one else.

Pardon me? I'm not sure what they thought was going on. But I promise, we let the dancers out of their cages and fed them that day. (Thankfully, most of our volunteers setting up that morning were dancers and we were able to cede to their demands.)

Between the pimps, gangsters, and clients, we sure are getting abused! (Please note the use of sarcasm.)

This is the danger of speaking for and on behalf of others. You get it all wrong. You are especially wrong about our customers.

However, media likes to sensationalize, so we often hear about predators who prey on sex industry workers.

Annie shows some love for the
"male member" during her stagette weekend (2008).
What we don't hear about are the customers we grow to care about. The ones who become lifelong friends. The interesting, albeit unconventional, friendships that grow out of sex industry worker-client relationships. But they are real and they are meaningful.

Before I go on, let's correct some language problems with the whole "client as oppressor" ideology. Despite the common term referring to predators of sex workers as "bad dates," they are not really bad dates. They are predators.

A client or customer is a person who purchases goods or services from another. Sure, they might try to negotiate a little, but they are respectful for the most part and ultimately, they respect a worker's stated services and price.

Can we all please stop calling predators clients? When a person holds up a gas station, do we refer to her as a customer? When a person attacks a realtor, do we refer to him as a home buyer? No, we do not.

Sex workers differentiate between clients and predators. Especially our regulars, who we depend on for a steady income, as well as their adherence to respecting our boundaries. Sex industry work is intimate. No one is arguing that. It is precisely this intimacy that leads to the meaningful, lasting friendships we form with our regulars.

In fact, most retired sex industry professionals will tell you they miss their regulars. Fortunately, I've been able to keep in touch with some of my favourite customers through email, Facebook, and The Naked Truth events.

One customer in particular, who inspired this post, has supported me through some of the most difficult moments of my life. He's been there for me through two separations, struggles with my ADHD / food sensitive child, deadly health challenges, and financial difficulties. He's offered invaluable advice, given me rides, contributed to projects for me, and he continues to send me money after all these years.

When he wanted to purchase services from my escort and Domme friends, he asked me first, in case I was territorial. (I wasn't.) Every new project I've started... Every decision I've contemplated and shared with him... Every opinion I've expressed no matter how much he disagreed... he supported me unconditionally.

I need to tell you that I trust this man implicitly. I have been alone with him. I have provided many no-contact private shows for him, including in the privacy of his home, and he has never crossed my boundaries. He has never touched me, even though we both know he wanted to.

I have shared family photos with him and told him about my children, their successes and challenges. I have gotten his feedback on novels I've written. I've emailed photos of my surgery scars to him.

Does this sound like a predatory, oppressive relationship?

As you can see, I have benefited immensely from my friendship with him.

But what, you might ask, does he get in return for all this?

I have asked myself the same question. I have expressed gratitude to him from the bottom of my heart on numerous occasions. I've asked myself: "What have I done to deserve his generosity?"

I can tell you what I've done.

I've worked hard to make our friendship mutually beneficial, so that it is not like I am using him. He would say, I cannot possibly use him because he wants to do these things for me. But it is important to me that he knows how much I care about him.

This is where the "interesting benefits" part of the equation comes in.

How might a former sex industry worker reciprocate in a friendship with a former client? Is there a sexual component or do we become platonic buddies? I can't speak for everyone, but for me there is still a sexual component.

Long after I stopped dancing, I still danced privately for him. Okay, he paid me, but I didn't do it for anyone else. It was the trust and deep regard I had for him that led to me putting my stilettos back on. The benefit to him was to enjoy the dances in the privacy of his own home, show me photos of his family, share a side with me that he does not get to show to many other sex industry workers he sees.

A sexy photo Annie shared with her 
former customer / lifelong friend. (2010)
I send him sexy photos. When my Christmas cards go out to family with photos of my kids, his card contains...a little more.

A sex worker-client relationship is not born in a sexual bubble. What enriches the relationship and inspires it to become "regular" is that certain something outside of the sexual exchange. We are people interacting with each other. We are not robots. Of course, there is something more.

With me, he can be himself. He shares truths with me that he cannot share with others who are close to him.

If there is a lapse in time when we do not connect, there's no bad blood between us. Somehow, the "no strings attached" nature of our worker-client relationship extended to our friendship too. We miss each other, but we don't berate each other for taking too long to respond.

He gets to share his experiences and insights from the client perspective through me when I introduce him to research and harm reduction projects looking for client expertise. In this way, he is making an impact on the health and safety of sex industry workers. His contributions are making the world a better place. So, there are the intrinsic rewards of sharing knowledge for a good cause.

For this article, I asked him "What do I do for you?"

His response was: "You have covered a heck of a lot of the reasons why I like you so much. Add to that, you are a really cool woman, you put up with my faults because I am not the easiest person to get along with, you light up a room whenever you walk in, and you do cool things like this or give me a TNT Award, you don't take the friendship for granted."

I ask you, should this man be criminalized for purchasing the services of sex industry workers

The answer is no.

Customers are not the problem. Predators are the problem. And there are already laws that deal with predators. Sex workers do not need to be singled out for rescue in our laws. The current laws should apply to us (and if they don't, then there is the REAL problem).

Clients are not exploiting us. The ones exploiting us are the ones who are making laws to limit our ability to work.

Clients are our friends. They care. They are our best allies to expose sex trafficking and child sexual exploitation. We should be making it easy and safe for them to report it when they see it.

I have a few regular customers from my dancing days that I keep in touch with. They tell me I'm beautiful and worship me unconditionally. I flirt back harmlessly. We all know what the boundaries of our respective relationships are. They are regular customers whose friendships I value.

I cannot stand by while my clients are disparaged in the media by the rescue industry and their friends in politics. Hear me now.

Leave our customers alone.


About the Author

Annie Temple is the stage and writing name of Trina Ricketts. Trina has 17 years experience as a striptease artist and 15 years as a sex worker rights activist, but she's been a rebel all her life. In 2000, she founded to support other entertainers by reducing isolation, educating about health and safety, sharing information about gigs, challenging stereotypes, teaching etiquette to customers, and organizing in-person events for charity and to promote ethical businesses in the industry. Some of the groups and functions that Trina is associated with are Exotic Dancers for Cancer (now BoobaPalooza), The Naked Truth Adult Entertainment Awards, Trade Secrets Guide, BC Coalition of Experiential Communities, Canadian Union of Naked Trades, as well as several community sex worker supportive organizations. Trina is a mom of three, a lover of writing and dancing. Currently she continues to run and recently she founded Digital Activist Media - a project to investigate digital activism strategies and share them with other change-makers. Trina's activism efforts have expanded to include many issues, but her main activities involve sex worker and health freedom rights.

Trade Secrets - Travelling for Work

Post reproduced from Trade Secrets: Health and Safety in the Sex Industry which was published in BC, Canada in 2009. All advice given in these posts comes from sex industry workers who shared their experience and knowledge for this guide.

The Naked Truth will feature one section from the guide each week. This week's post is from Chapter One: Our Workspaces.

Note from Trina: If any of the information you see is outdated, please comment below or send me an email so that I can correct the information. I will also update each section on the Trade Secrets blog as I go.

Travelling for Work

If you travel to work, here are some great safety precautions you can take.

  • Have friends know where you are staying, who you are working for and what types of work you are participating in.
  • Check in with friends frequently, so they know you are okay.
  • Forward all emails from business owners to your friends to leave a paper trail of your work plans.
  • Try to avoid hitchhiking. Or at the very least, don’t do it alone.
  • Travel with a colleague.

Don’t Leave Home Without It

We all know workspaces in this industry can be a little on the grungy side. Many of us have shown up to find our accommodations more appalling than appealing. Here is a list of things to take on the road, if you’d like to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Don’t leave home without it…

  • Toilet paper from home (better than the sandpaper you find in most hotels)
  • Towels
  • Tampons, if applicable
  • Soap
  • Small cooler (for fresh fruit and veggies)
  • Bedding for a queen size mattress (you can always put it on a smaller bed)
  • Portable heater in winter
  • Hand sanitizer for rooms with no hot water
  • Hot plate for inexpensive meals
  • Phone cards
  • Teddy bear
  • Phone charger
  • Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen (try finding that in a small town at 4 am)
  • List of known contacts in the area you are visiting
  • Emergency money and plan
  • Mirror
  • Earplugs
  • Camping foam pad in case your mattress sucks
  • Crazy glue to fix boots (black permanent marker and black electrical tape are also useful for boots)
  • Scissors
  • Travel mug and teabags – hot water’s not too hard to find and it’s free
  • Kettle that doubles as a soup heater (inexpensive to purchase)
  • Plate, bowl, cutlery, a little bottle of dish soap and a sponge
  • Lots of dried goods for snacks
  • Favourite jeans, big comfy sweater and boots for your day off
  • Something that reminds you of home, a picture or clock or candle can make a lonely night better
  • Camera
  • Mini-sewing kit and safety pins
  • Pictures of your kids
  • Sage to give the room a little smudge/cleaning.

Work items you don’t want to forget:
  • Costumes
  • Music
  • Promo
  • Wet wipes
  • Own toys or equipment
  • Safety supplies (gloves, condoms)
  • Lube
  • Make-up
  • Shoes

Bed bug poo along edge of mattress.

You should check for bed bugs before settling into your room whether it’s a dive or the Hilton. Look for bed bug poo – dark spotting and staining on the mattresses. You may also see eggs and eggshells, moulted skins of maturing nymphs, and the bugs themselves, which are about 1/4 inch long and reddish brown, with oval, flattened bodies.

To reduce the chances of bed bugs getting into your suitcase, keep it off the floor on a suitcase stand or something. When you pack to leave, first inspect your luggage carefully and inspect every item as you pack to help detect any bugs or their signs.

If you find bed bugs in your room, wash all cloth items in hot water and detergent followed by drying on low heat for at least 20 minutes (or standard dry cleaning). Sealing freshly-laundered items inside a plastic bag should help keep any more bed bugs from getting in those items (and being carried back home with you).

Bedbugs do hide in the seams and under the material of cloth bags and suitcases. If you find you are always dealing with bed bugs, you may want to get rid of your luggage. If you are on the road and want to get rid of your luggage, you can purchase new luggage or garbage bags to carry your belongings home.

Air Travel

It’s hard to remember all the rules about air travel, but there are some things we should know. For instance, don’t carry on luggage with anything you don't want taken out for the public to see, such as big black dildos or granny porn mags. Sometimes it’s just easier to ship big props or promo by Greyhound in advance.

Luggage advice (This info may be outdated. Check your airline website for current info.):

  • For checked luggage, wrap personal items like toothbrushes and sex toys in clear plastic bags so that the security guards hands don’t touch them (in case of an inspection).
  • Pack all camera film in your carry-on baggage. Camera film under 800 ASA/ISO will not be damaged by equipment at the pre-board screening checkpoint
  • There is a maximum of one lighter per person allowed, so if you have 500 lighters with your sexy photo on them, don’t try to bring them on the plane.
  • Pointy scissors are not allowed in carry-on luggage but you can bring them in your checked luggage.
  • You can bring forks and spoons in your carry-on but knives must be packed with checked-in luggage.
  • Strike-anywhere matches and bleach are not allowed in carry-on or checked luggage.
  • Sharp items in checked luggage should be wrapped or sheathed to prevent injury in case of inspection.
  • Handcuffs can go into checked luggage, but not carry-on. Be aware of restrictions on any props you might be carrying. For example you cannot fly with gunpowder in any quantity. Make sure any props are clean and free of residue. Don't have anything for pyro shows in your luggage. Poi or fire wands should be clean, dry and free of residue, if at all possible. If you line the bottom of your suitcase with the wands (in line with the metal tracks of the suitcase) it makes for less questions.
  • Send large props, contest gear, and other supplies by Greyhound.

Example of an air travel list of by a Professional Dominatrix:

  • One whip that has no metal on it
  • One pair of work shoes - usually clear so they match everything
  • One formal dinner outfit
  • One track suit and runners for the plane/travelling
  • Three squishy work outfits that can be steamed (usually lingerie that is dominant looking - i.e. bustier)
  • Blow-dryer and curling iron
  • My own rope
  • Travel size steamer
  • Some speakers (small enough to fit in carry-on luggage, able to charge an Ipod, and amplify music when working).
  • First aid kit
  • Health/safety supplies
  • Cleaning supplies (minus the bleach)

About Trade Secrets

Trade Secrets is a collaborative project that was contributed to by diverse members of the sex industry and their community.

About the Project

Who Contributed?

Some of this information may be outdated. Please feel free to comment below the relevant posts and information you'd like to add or update. Your help is appreciated.

Thank you for your commitment to supporting health and safety in the sex industry.

In Solidarity,

Trina Ricketts (Annie)

Friday, June 5, 2015

#SupportYourLocal Sex Worker...Upcoming Events

Save these dates! Join the action! Make friends! Be a part of the solution! Kick ass!



Sunday, June 7th at 2:00pm
Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby Street, Vancouver

The first SlutWalk rally in Toronto in 2011 lit the spark for grassroots action in over 200 countries worldwide, where organizers have rallied communities for marches against victim-blaming. Some of these marches have been called SlutWalks, others have taken locally-driven names; all have been a part of international, collective action against victim-blaming in support of survivors of sexual violence.

From Wikipedia:

Participants protest against explaining or excusing rape by referring to any aspect of a woman's appearance, and call for an end to rape culture. The rallies began after Constable Michael Sanguinetti, a Toronto Police officer, suggested that "women should avoid dressing like sluts" as a precaution against sexual assault. 
The protest takes the form of a march, mainly by young women, where some dress as "sluts" in revealing attire. In the various Slutwalks around the world, it is usual to find speaker meetings and workshops, live music, sign-making sessions, leafleting, open microphones, chanting, dances, martial arts, and receptions or after-parties with refreshments.
Note: This event will have already passed by the time this post is sent to subscribers. My apologies. - Annie



On June 13, sex workers together with their allies, families and friends are coming out for our 3rd Annual Red Umbrella March for Sex Work Solidarity.

Again this year, the event will show public support for sex workers in their courageous fight against the Harper government's new unjust prostitution laws. In December, 2013, The Supreme Court of Canada struck down Canada's prostitution laws (bawdy house, living on the avails and communicating in public).

November 2014, the Harper Conservatives enacted Bill C-36, replacing the struck-down laws with broader laws which make "Obtaining Sexual Services for Consideration," "Material Benefit from Sexual Services" and "Advertisement of Sexual Services" crimes.

To even discuss obtaining sexual services with anyone in any place - including on the telephone or Internet - is now a crime, leaving our clients vulnerable to police entrapment stings. Anyone who receives any material benefit - derived directly or indirectly - is also guilty of a crime. It is now a crime to live with or regularly be in the company of a sex worker. As well, any material - visual representation or written - that advertises sexual services is outlawed.

These new laws violate our Charter of Rights and Freedoms - including our right to associate with others - and will force sex workers into an environment of crime where our rights are not protected.

Beginning at 2:30, the rally will feature speakers at the Vancouver Art Gallery (Robson Street plaza) and will be followed by a march starting at 3 p.m. Speakers will be available before the rally to answer questions from the media. The march will travel through Vancouver's Downtown Eastside to CRAB Park.

Participants are encouraged bring a red umbrella: the symbol of the global sex workers' rights movement. All are invited to dress up, wear a sexy costume, or wear red. The Red Umbrella March is part of a national day of action, with similar events taking place in cities across Canada, including in Montreal, Qu├ębec City, Saint John's, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria and Winnipeg.

The Red Umbrella March for Sex Work Solidarity is co-organized by the following groups: Triple-X Workers' Solidarity Association of B.C., Downtown Eastside Sex Workers United Against Violence, Pivot Legal Society, PACE Society, B.C. Coalition of Experiential Communities, FIRST: Feminists Advocating for the Decriminalization of Sex Work.

Visit or our Facebook event page for more details.



Join us for the National Day of Action for Sex Workers' Rights!

Here in Toronto we will be celebrating this amazing show of solidarity and support for people who trade and sell sexual services


Saturday, June 13th
Allan Gardens
(Alternate indoor location in case of inclement weather: Sherbourne Health Centre, just east of the park)

There will be a picnic with food, speakers, & performances.

Hosted by Kyisha Williams and Chanelle Gallant!

Confirmed speakers and performances:
* Elene Lam - Butterfly and the Migrant Sex Workers Project
* Akio Maroon - Maggie's
* Monica Sehovic Bowen Forrester - STRUT, Maggie's and the Indigenous Sex Workers Action Project
* TBA - Bad Date Coalition
* TBA - Regent Park Community Health Centre

* Tiny B Hiney - Performer!
* Mz Kitty DeMure - Performer!

Pet and child friendly!
Childcare minders & activities for kids!

Allan Gardens is accessible for wheelchairs, and there is a wheelchair accessible bathroom.

For more information, contact:
Co-organized by: Maggie’s - Toronto Sex Workers Action Project, Regent Park Community Health Centre, STRUT, Butterfly, TransPride Toronto and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network.

Endorsed by: Terri-Jean Bedford, Sistering, No More Silence, Sex Professionals of Canada, HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic of Ontario, OAITH (Ontario Association of Interim and Transitional Housing), Sherbourne Health Centre, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, Sistering, Sherbourne Health Centre, Immigration Legal Committee of the Law Union of Ontario, and more!

JUNE 17, 2015 - NEW YORK, NY, U.S.A


Sienna Baskin, Co-director of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center and Fulbright US Scholar, will present on findings from her recent research in New Zealand. In 2003, New Zealand was the first nation in the world to decriminalize prostitution. Hosted by University of Otago and the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective, Sienna reviewed the political, cultural and legislative history of this law and interviewed sex workers, government officials, researchers and NGO's on its effects on sex workers and communities. She will offer recommendations based on her findings to promote the human rights of sex workers and survivors of human trafficking in the United States.

Space is limited, register today for this free event!

Wednesday, June 17, 6:30pm.
Urban Justice Center
40 Rector St. 9th Floor
New York, NY

Sponsored by

Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center
NY Anti-Trafficking Network
Legal Aid Society Exploitation Intervention Project
Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance
New York Harm Reduction Educators
Human Rights Watch
Sex Workers Outreach Project - NYC
PROS Network (Providers and Resources Offering Services to Sex Workers
Prostitutes of New York (PONY)



Dear friends,

On June 28th, we will be participating in the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon and 5k Run / Walk to raise funds for PACE Society. PACE Society provides peer-driven services to Sex Workers under a harm reduction model, including one-to-one support, violence prevention education, drop-in services, outreach services, and public health education.

Please show your support by sponsoring our team or creating your own team. If you're interested in running or have more questions, please contact Laura Dilley at

If running is not your thing, please consider making a one-time or monthly donation. PACE is always looking for gently used clothing for our clothing room, which provides free clothing to our members. Toiletries, such as shampoo, lotions, makeup, and other accessories, are also always needed.

In solidarity,
PACE Society



The Naked Truth presents…

A Dancers for Cancer Fundraiser 
Sunday, August 30
12 - 9 PM
R's Bar, The Turf Hotel
12411 King George Blvd.

Featuring: Car and Bike Show & Shine, Indoor and Outdoor Entertainment, Sexy Dancers, Door Prizes, Photo Booth, Silent Auction, and more!

100% Proceeds to (charity TBA soon!) 

Sunday, May 31, 2015

BoobaPalooza 2015 Fundraiser Calendar Shoot a SUCCESS!

Sunday, May 31, 2015, members of The Naked Truth community joined together to make photographic magic. We're talking BABES, BIKES, and HOT RODS! Yes, it was a day to be remembered by all who were involved.

Annie Temple's brother, T.J. Sugars arranged for the location to be in the industrial area, a.k.a. "The Hood," of Langley at the shops of two wonderful gentlemen who offered not only their space, but the use of their washroom, power supply, fridge, and even their hose. Yes, one of our models got very, very wet.

Sugars, with the help of the shop owners in the hood, supplied multiple BEAUTIFUL bikes and hot rods to be photographed with sexy women for the calendar.

Annie arranged for the models, all women who participate in The Naked Truth facebook group - most of whom have been involved in our annual cancer charity stripathon since the beginning.

T.J. Sugars gets a tan while the magic
happens behind the camera.
But the real kudos go to the photographer, Ritchie Lyon, who took on the calendar task for the purpose of contributing his time and skills to the cancer fundraiser. He showed up with his equipment, pre-planned poses for all of the models, and the kind of personality that makes a model relax and feel un-self-conscious. His professionalism and encouraging demeanor made the day a pure success.

Here are some of Annie's favourite photos from the behind the scenes of the calendar shoot. The calendar will be available to purchase on Sunday, August 30th at R's Bar (The Turf Hotel, Surrey) - during The Naked Truth's BoobaPalooza STRIPATHON Show and Shine Cancer Fundraiser. We hope to see you there. XXX

A HUGE thank you to all the models, the car and bike owners, the shop owners, T.J. Sugars, for coordinating the shoot, and ESPECIALLY Ritchie Lyon for his masterful photography and for volunteering his time, money, and energy to this calendar.

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, August 30th at R's Bar (The Turf Hotel, Surrey) - BoobaPalooza STRIPATHON Show and Shine Cancer Fundraiser. XXX

Huge thanks from Annie to everyone!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Trade Secrets - Strip Clubs

Post reproduced from Trade Secrets: Health and Safety in the Sex Industry which was published in BC, Canada in 2009. All advice given in these posts comes from sex industry workers who shared their experience and knowledge for this guide.

The Naked Truth will feature one section from the guide each week. This week's post is from Chapter One: Our Workspaces.

Note from Trina: If any of the information you see is outdated, please comment below or send me an email so that I can correct the information. I will also update each section on the Trade Secrets blog as I go.

Strip Clubs


The stage can be a dangerous place to be when you’re wearing stilettos. Especially if it is the first time you’ve gotten up on this particular stage. You need to watch for holes in the floor, speakers that are hanging low enough to bang your head on them, hanging wires from the lighting, and slippery or sticky spots where you step.

Stages with floor lighting are quite slippery in spots. An otherwise safe stage can become hazardous after a performance with candles or oils. Don’t feel bad if you need to walk off a stage and explain to the DJ that it is too slippery to perform on.

Stages that are covered in carpet can be difficult to dance on in heels. It takes a bit of getting used to. Your heels may snag on torn parts of the carpet, so be careful.

Don’t allow customers to place their drinks or belongings on the edge of the stage where you might trip over them. If a customer is belligerent and you feel safe enough to do it, simply take the item away and put it at the back of the stage until the end of your show.

In Alberta and some other places, it is customary for patrons to engage in the "loonie/twonie" toss. Sometimes this is done to tip the performer for her standard performance. Other times, a performer may play games with the audience so they can win posters and other promotional items if they have good aim. This practice can be dangerous if patrons throw the coins too hard, heat them up causing the performers to be burned by the coins, or hitting the performers in vulnerable places on their bodies.

Hotel Rooms / Accommodations

Dancers are often provided with accommodations in the adjoining hotel of the club where they are working. In other situations, you may have a dancer suite or house with your own bedrooms but shared kitchen and bathrooms.

Depending on the club, you will either pay for your accommodations or they’ll be free. Some clubs will have a housekeeping fee or other ways to reduce your paycheque. It’s good to ask ahead of time if the club has any extra fees.

You may be expected to share a room. This can be problematic if one of you smokes and the other doesn’t, or if you have a private health problem that is hard to hide in a shared room. If it’s not a good fit, you could be in for a really bad week.

To avoid such risks, ask your agent or the club before booking a gig if you will get your own room. If not, you could ask about paying extra for your own room.

Your agent might tell you who else is working so you can avoid sharing a room with someone you don’t get along with. You could also ask a friend to work that gig with you and share the room together. Or you could turn down the booking altogether.

Do not answer the door unless you who is on the other side and trust them implicitly. This includes bar-staff.


Some clubs have not changed the locks to the accommodations for their dancers in years, if ever. There’s been many occasions when dancers have had complete strangers walk into their rooms, or had their belongings stolen from their hotel rooms or the change rooms while they are performing.

Let the clubs know if anything like that happens to you and advise them to change their locks. If you do not feel safe, consider leaving. You could rent your own room in the same hotel, or at another nearby hotel. Or you could risk getting blacklisted for a while and walk out on the gig. Your safety is more important than your paycheque.

Be aware that some accommodations do not provide telephones. If you have a cell phone, keep it charged at all times. Remember that even a cell phone that does not have service can be used to call 911 as long as it is charged.


Some hotel rooms are very clean, and others should be condemned. Some of the worst hotel rooms will have mouse droppings, cockroach problems, or bedbugs.

It is a good idea to bring your own bedding along so you don’t have to sleep with someone else’s hair that is threaded through the hotel sheets tickling your neck all night.

You should also bring all your own toiletries, including toilet paper (in case theirs is like sandpaper) and soap. And if you like your baths, some cleaner and rags might be a godsend. Of course, you can always go shopping for these things in a pinch.

Some dancers have found allergy pills will help them get through weeks where the rooms have mold in them. You can sometimes smell mold – it’s a musty, damp odour. Other times you may not know it is there.

Fire Safety

As we all know, strip clubs are often run out of very old buildings that are not maintained. This means deteriorated electrical systems and smoke detectors that don’t work. The fire risk in strip clubs must be high since so many clubs have burned down to the ground.

Be very careful with cigarette butts, candles, or anything else you are burning in your room. Unplug your hair appliances when you’re done with them. Keep your costumes organized so you can grab them and run as it’s unlikely they will be covered under a hotel or club insurance policy. If you can afford house insurance, you can list your costumes for coverage and that coverage will extend to theft from a location outside your home, such as from a car or hotel.


Keep yourself and others safe by washing your hands before every show. This will prevent hand lotion, tanning lotion, and sweaty palms from getting the pole dirty or slippery.

Avoid moves that cause your anus or vulva to touch the pole. This is a common courtesy among entertainers that is expected of you.

If you do a show that involves some kind of substance that makes the stage or pole slippery or messy in any way – clean up thoroughly after your show out of respect for the following performers.

Don’t lick the pole. It is full of bacteria from the hands of numerous other dancers (and who knows who else when the club is closed).

Feel free to go up and clean the pole yourself before the club opens. At least you’ll know it’s been cleaned every day. Some dancers clean the pole before all their shows.


Carry a towel when you’re in the club in costume. Lay it down on chairs before you sit. This will reduce ass pimples and goddess knows what else.


Buy a blanket that has two different sides. Use one side for the stage and one side for your body, so you will always have the dirty side down. Wash your blanket once or twice a week, if possible. A blanket that will slide easily on the stage is a nice choice. Some dancers even make their own blankets with their names on them.

Avoid white or neon fun fur. The fur comes off and sticks to your coochie and glows. White also picks up leftover paint from paint shows and looks grungy in no time.

In the Club

Watch your drink at all times. Even bar-staff have been known to drug the performers.

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