Special Report: Jobless to Topless - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Special Report: Jobless to Topless

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - In today's economy, some people are taking work any way they can get it, and for some in Memphis, that means waking up jobless and ending up topless!

It's happening nationwide - an unlikely group of women, including business managers, mortgage brokers, and even former FedEx employees, are signing up to take it off!

Some say it's glamorous, the hours are flexible, and the money...former middle school teacher 'Alexa' just couldn't turn it down.

"The most is fourteen hundred that I've ever made in one night," she said.

All you have to do is take off your clothes.  With the Mid-South's unemployment rate higher than usual, some ladies are going from jobless to topless.

It's happening all over the country!

"A lot of them are college graduates," strip club owner David Birch said. "They've got degrees in business. I've got a biologist that works here. They're coming in from out of state."

Strip club managers along East Brooks Road in Memphis say they've seen an increase in job applicants for, "entertainers."  One club manager said he recently hired a former dental assistant who was laid off, a former FedEx employee who had her hours cut, and a 44-year-old divorcee who suddenly needed a job!

Recently, a strip club in Rhode Island even held a job fair, where hundreds of people showed up!  It wasn't just dancers - waitresses and bartenders were there too.

"I had to find another income, and this was quick - I don't want to say easy - source of income, but it was a job. It was offered, and I took it," strip club bartender Geo Hall said.

While some women are doing it because they feel like they have to, Alexa says she's doing it because she wants to.

"I'm young," she said. "I'm having fun. I'm making more money now than I probably would."

And more money means more women following in her footsteps.

Analysts say the adult club industry's bottom line is down thirty percent overall, and one strip club employee said two weeks ago he saw more job applicants than customers.

Working in adult entertainment is obviously not for everyone, but there’s no denying more and more women and some men are turning to the industry to pay their bills.

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