Monday, 4 January 2016

Switzerland Scraps Special Visa Scheme For Strippers Due To Abuse By Sex Traffickers

Switzerland has scrapped the so-called ‘stripper visa’ introduced in 1995 that offered special visas to foreigners coming to the country to work as strippers.
It was meant to offer protection to young women who may otherwise have been vulnerable to sex traffickers.

But the Migration Office has now announced that the programme was no longer serving a protective role - with some permit holders subjected to forced prostitution after arrival in the Alpine nation.

The spokeswoman for migration office Lea Wertheimer confirmed that the programme will formally be cancelled.
She said 751 people received the stripper visa in 2014 and 712 others were given the permit last, according to official figures.
Since 2005, more than 10,700 people have been granted the visas, she said.
Supporters of the scheme said it gave women a chance to earn significant money in wealthy Switzerland which they could send home to their families.
But critics argued the programme had been corrupted, notably by traffickers and middlemen who demanded money after helping helping women get their permits.