05/06/2008 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

Strippers Losing Jobs To The Internet

The number of strippers and strip clubs in Toronto is declining, with former dancers blaming the Internet for putting them out of work.

A 23-year-old ex-dancer identified only as Madeline told the Toronto Star she could make as much as $1,000 per night after she started working in strip clubs four years ago, but gave it up for a clothed bartending job when fewer men would pay $20 for a lap dance.

"Why would a guy go to a club and pay to sit there if he could get it all for free on his computer at home?" she asked.

The newspaper said as many as 10 Toronto strip clubs have closed in the last five years, and the number of licensed "burlesque dancers" has also tumbled -- to 1,254 in 2007 from 2,834 in 1998.

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