The Barbados-based Adult Industry Association has submitted a proposal to government asking for the issuing of Entertainers Work Permits to foreign strippers that could earn the Caribbean economy millions of dollars a year.
Charles Lewis, aka, Charlie Spice is the association’s president and founder. He said he submitted the official proposal to Minister of Home Affairs Edmund Hinkson.
Spice broke down the financial benefits to the government, economy, club owners, performers and consumers based on an expected influx of 5,000 – 10,000 dancers per year to each participating Caribbean country. In Barbados, Club Incognito would be the ideal place for strippers, he said.
“This initiative is expected to create a significant boost in revenue for the economy.
US$2.5m – US$5m per year in fees from the application of Entertainers Work Permit and US$7.5m – US$15m per year from money spent locally by dancers on accommodation, food, entertainment, transportation and other living expenses,” he revealed.
“Government saves millions of dollars a year spent on conducting investigations, raids, arrests, incarcerations and deportations. Incidentally, these strategies have been unsuccessful in deterring this activity and are therefore a colossal waste of taxpayers’ money,” he added.
Spice has proposed to government that dancers applying for permits be allowed to do so online via the website of the Immigration Department; via the website of an agent appointed by the government; directly at the overseas office of the Honorary Consulate; High Commission or embassy of the respective Caribbean country or directly from the local immigration office in the respective Caribbean state.
The proposal also names the documents which entertainers must present when applying for a permit.