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A strike by Portland strippers has grown into a nationwide movement

From AlterNet, April M. Short reports that strippers are striking for equitable treatment of black and non-white dancers. Exotic dancers are typically independent contractors who are protected by many labor laws. April writes:

Hollis says fighting vocally to protect those who are most at risk of harm gives the whole industry of dancers a leg up. As reported in detail by Iman Sultan at ZORA, the Stripper Strike’s demands include safer working conditions, fair wages, and protection from sexual assault. Sultan writes:

“Even though strippers are the main entertainers at strip clubs, most of them are independent contractors, who pay stage fees to perform. As a result, they are not guaranteed safetyfixed wageshealth care, or recourse for the sexual harassmentstalking, and rape they experience on the job. And for Black women, the risks of sex work are magnified by racism.”

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