Beautiful, Young, and Unemployed? Opportunity awaits!

Ah, does the old "sex sells" maxim ever not ring true? The AP has just identified a new trend in women turning to the old-fashioned practice of going topless for money, and according to this report, cabarets across the nation are now hiring! In fact, employers in the adult entertainment industry are not only seeing a marked increase in applicants, but a substantial amount also "have college degrees and held white-collar jobs until the economy soured." Rhode Island's infamous Foxy Lady recently saw 150 job seekers show up to fill 35 available positions, and a spokesman for New York's Rick's Cabaret claimed that each week, about 20 to 30 women are applying to work there, which is up double from last year.

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I guess besides the $100,000 to $300,000 these women can rake in per year-it used to take one former restaurant worker a week or more to make a couple grand; now she easily makes that in one night-there's also a lot of flexibility (heh), not to mention, well, something most industries simply can't offer right now: some degree of job security. But what about all those catcalls and gross dudes? Still, one NYC psychotherapist who's had clients that worked in "the biz" thinks the depth of the recession may soften yesterday's stigma. After all, you know what they say. Desperate times call for um, stripping? So we're curious. If you lost your job and seriously couldn't pay your rent, would you actually go there?

--Erin Flaherty

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