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The Club Creep, a website for reporting harassment and assault at strip clubs, is part of a suite of Every once in a while, an app or site comes along that makes you wonder where it's been, but very thankful it's arrived. When such a platform also aims to improve lives far beyond its principle area of focus, it may potentially be the rarest of diamonds in this here digital rough — and a new tech suite for strippers is just that sort of gem.

The Dancer's Resource app is a bit like Yelp-meets-Glassdoor for strippers, giving dancers the crucial ability to review and research the clubs where they work, connect with other dancers, and generally strengthen their position in a frequently abusive, financially cutthroat industry. It's also the flagship product of dancer-turned-entrepreneur Crissa Parker, who's determined to bootstrap her way into changing the whole 'contract economy' for good.

Parker, who spent 10 years as a full-time stripper before founding her tech company, explained recently by phone that her experiences as a freelance contractor and dancer drove her to build tech-based solutions for the shortcomings of both. Like other independent contractors, strippers must also pay taxes, deal with injury and illness, and cope with complaints about their work or their employer all on their own. Furthermore, they wildly out management, and must endure grueling, racist, "cattle call"-like audition processes just to get on a club's list of hundreds or even thousands of freelancers, Parker said a description which should resonate, albeit on different frequencies, with any freelance writer.

Then one day, a couple of years ago, Parker found herself without options for recourse after an incident occurred at the strip club where she worked. Screenshots from The Dancer's Resource app show areas and functions deed to allow strippers to She then hired two interns as developers with NDAs and their feet well in the door, and after two years of work, The Dancer's Resource Inc.

Once their is approved by Parker herself who will scale up her help as the app grows , strippers can now use the app to report on club fees and audition processes, rate equipment and staff behavior, or just compare notes on their favorite shoes to work in, among other things. At present, the over users are filling out surveys on their experiences, but in the near future reviews will be added and accessed in real time, Parker said. The proprietary framework her team developed is " now applicable to any industry," too, and will be rolled out in a series of industry-specific apps in the coming months and years, released by Parker's tech firm Teck Please LLC.

At present, she couldn't disclose which industries are first, but confirmed with off-the-record hints that they're big ones. And Parker's quest to find better real-life treatment for workers through the digital realm doesn't end there. On May 4, her team will launch TheClubCreep, an online forum dedicated to letting dancers and other staff warn each other about abusive individuals who come to the strip club, starting with sections for the U.

As Parker pointed out, this kind of website has generally remained protected under the Communication Decency Act. However, sites that occupy other legal grey areas adjacent to the sex industry even to warn sex workers about assaults , or that have fallen under the hammer of twin bills SESTA and FOSTA recently for their adult personal , have not. As a result, sex workers around the world have reported ificant losses of income and increased threats to their bodies and lives as they've been forced to find clients on the street, and assess the risk in an instant, rather than making careful decisions from home.

And that basis alone is what's making it so easy to get bills like these passed. According to Parker and her former peers, the legal crackdown on sex-related sites has also meant that sexual predators who should be stopped and those seeking to pay for sex who should be elsewhere are now showing up at strip clubs. It's this kind of public confusion and stigma around sex work and adjacent industries that continues to make stripping so hazardous, despite it being an incredibly common source of work, entertainment, and social comfort, Parker said.

Parker added, "Some may strip once and be done. But once you've done it, you understand it. And you can help others understand it. The Dancer's Resource Inc. To support dancers who want to enter another field, Parker also hosts events on such topics as how to deal with gaps in your related to stripping , prep for interviews, or transition into other lines of work.

With her suite of tech tools and others like it, Parker hopes that dancers will be able to stick together and demand a better industry — whether they've chosen to strip as a passion, or as an opportunity to advance their lives in other areas. I paid for everything for this app from dancing, and tech pays my bills now.

They have to answer to me," Parker joked. With the help of her team, and any luck, the stripping industry may soon have to answer to Parker, too. And perhaps contract employers across the country. I'm a freelance writer covering tech, media, science, and culture. My background includes the areas of writing, editing, and education, and I received Bachelor and Master. For more of it, check out my online portfolio at janetburns.

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