Saturday, February 18, 2017

A Tribute to BC Strip Clubs (Video)

By Annie Temple

Dear Friends,

This video is a labour of love for me.

I worked in almost all the clubs represented. 

The time I spent in the stripping world was time well spent. I would say it was the best time of my life, except right now is the best time of my life. Stripping comes a close second. 

I spent 5 hours putting this together after months of collecting photographs and video. 

I have huge love for the sexy women you see, even the ones I don't know. We are sisters because we understand what it is to love what we do in the face of harsh stigma and discrimination. 

Much love to all industry folks. Thank you for your part in my amazing life journey so far. XOXO 


Love Annie


Images featured in the tribute video:


Penthouse, Vancouver

Alder Inn, Aldergrove

Marble Arch, Vancouver

Barnet Hotel, Port Moody

Brandi's, Vancouver

The Byrd Pub, Surrey

The Byrd Pub, Surrey

The Byrd Pub, Surrey

Caddyshack, Maple Ridge

Cecil, Vancouver

Cecil,  Vancouver

Clover Inn, Cloverdale

Clover Inn, Cloverdale

Cobalt, Vancouver

Condill, Fort St. John

Delanies, Surrey

Delanies, Surrey

Drake, Vancouver

Drake demolished, Vancouver

Drake, ED4C event, Vancouver

Duchess, Kamloops

Fox Pub, Victoria

Fraser Arms, Vancouver

Golden Ears, Port Coquitlam

Granville Strip, Vancouver

Contributed by Jenny Lee

Lougheed Hotel, Burnaby

Mugs and Jugs, New Westminster

Mugs and Jugs, New Westminster

North Burnaby Inn, Burnaby

No 5 Orange, Vancouver

No 5 Orange, Vancouver

Paramount, New Westminster

Fraser Arms, Vancouver

Penthouse, Vancouver


Slack Alice's, Penticton

TBarz, Surrey

Shakerz, Surrey

The Byrd, Surrey

Penthouse, Vancouver

Tudor Inn, South Surrey / White Rock

Wild Duck, Coquitlam

Willow Inn, Kelowna



PS. If you are a current or former sex indusry worker and you have not filled out this survey yet, please do! SURVEY: SEX INDUSTRY FACT OR FICTION 
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RSTR3PB


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 NakedTruth.ca 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.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

SURVEY - Sex Industry Fact or Fiction?

By Annie Temple

I absolutely love research and I love writing. So when I recently decided to write about common sex industry myths, it occurred to me that this was a perfect chance to conduct an informal survey.

The survey could easily be distributed through social media and the internet as the sex industry boasts a large and very cohesive global online community.

Certainly, an online survey is not a controlled study by any means, but it may still offer us new perspectives on some of the most commonly-held stereotypes perpetuated by discriminatory laws and prohibitionist SWERFs.

Stereotypes addressed include:


  • The average age of entry into the sex industry is 14 years old.
  • All sex workers come from broken homes.
  • Sex industry workers do this work because we were sexually abused as children.
  • Sex industry workers are uneducated and / or have low intelligence.
  • We are unable to do other jobs.
  • We are forced into the industry and never enter the industry by choice, whether it's financial desperation or being pimped.
  • All sex workers are drug addicts.
  • Sex workers are vectors of disease.
  • Sex industry workers are physically, financially, and emotionally controlled and abused by bikers / pimps / traffickers.
  • All sex industry workers are victims of human trafficking.
  • We are sex addicts.
  • We are home wreckers.
  • We are not fit to be parents.
  • Sex workers do our work because we have low self esteem.
  • We are unable to have stable, healthy relationships.
  • We don't pay taxes.
  • We do not contribute to society. We are the dregs of society.
  • Police are entitled to discriminate against us.


How far off the mark are they? Are any of the stereotypes true?

The Naked Truth invites ALL SEX INDUSTRY WORKERS - escorts, massage, dancers, webcam, dommes, adult film actors, etc - to participate in this informal, anonymous, online survey.

Results will be posted shortly and shared on this site and our facebook page. Please subscribe for updates.



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 NakedTruth.ca 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.