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Comment from 'Edie' - Portsmouth Dancers Speak Out -1
Here we are with another testimony from a dancer in Portsmouth. Please remember that the reason that I am doing this is to ensure that hopefully enough people get to read the views of those that will be most affected by the proposed 'Nil Policy'. As we can see from the above comment, many are watching what happens in Portsmouth (and Tower Hamlets as well) and we can hope only that reason, sense and humanity will prevail.
As a dancer at wiggle in Portsmouth, I feel I'm fighting against the very people that claim to be trying to protect me in order to save my job.. A job which I willing do and enjoy doing.. I was a manger of a hair salon for 8 years and chose to leave that profession in order to become a dancer.. I was in no way forced or 'trafficked' in as implied by the woman's right group..
I use the money I earn to support myself, my 6 year old daughter and I also help care for my grandma.. If the club closed I would be forced into searching for a new career and in the current state of the country with million out of work I fear claiming benefits is a likely outcome.. Claiming benefits is not a choice I would like to make and would be considered a last resort.. But it seems like that choice is about to be taken out of my hands..
I have worked for Elegance and I have worked for Wiggle from the day it opened.. I have never once felt unsafe and I am always protected to the highest level. The club is clean, and there is never any trouble, between the girls or the customers.. There are never customers hanging about outside ready to 'pounce' as also implied by the group and doorman walk us to our car/taxi to ensure we get home safely...
I haven't ever experienced drug use inside of the club nor excessive drinking... The girls working are not allowed to get drunk.. So to assume we're all drug users that need to drink in order to get us through a night working here is extremely small minded.
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