We met with Inga through a mutual friend. She was a natural blonde and looked about 25-27 years old. I liked her almost immediately. As a journalist, I am curious by default, which makes me naturally inquisitive about other people.
Still, I had no idea what Inga was going to share about her experience working in the UK. Inga allowed me to tell her story in hopes that other girls will not fall in the same trap that changed her life for the worst.
How did you fall into this situation
Inga: “I had been dreaming about London since high school. So when I turned 18, I just got a ticket and went there to live and also to make some money. I am from Latvia and my citizenship allows me to work in the UK legally. Due to my 182 cm height, I was part of a show-ballet in Riga since I was 16. I decided that I wanted to continue dancing in London. I wanted to find a decent employer that would be fair to me. A friend told me that it could be done through an intermediary agency, especially since it was free of charge for an applicant. I have checked this employment agency’s website and found that their office was not far from my flat. I contacted the agency and found that they offer positions for go-go dancers, and so I went.”
What was the name of the agency?
Inga: “START TOMORROW RECRUITMENT” – https://tmwstartagency.co.uk
What happened next?
Inga: “I had the interview. They asked me about my experience. I showed some of my dancing videos. The managers Jody Hollow and Josh Gladwell rushed me through more questions and I understand now, they really wanted to know if I would be ready for pretty much any dancing job. Eventually, I was told that they would send my details to a private elite club and invite me to an audition if the club owners were interested. The next day the club owners called and that’s when my troubles really started.”
What was the club?
Inga: “It was a gentlemen’s club, basically a stripper’s bar.”
They asked you not only to dance?
Inga: “All the girls working in the club – hostesses, bartenders, dancers – were encouraged to please the customer. The only difference was that as dancers we were the “stars” of the place, and we would get a lot of unwanted attention from the bar patrons.”
Can you name the club you went to?
Inga: “I would rather not. The owners are quite intimidating.”
Did they threaten you?
Inga: “Well, the club manager said during the audition: “Our customers love special attention and we will pay handsomely all our girls that go the extra mile to please the customer.” I was offered a one-year contract, which I refused after a week of work, realizing the kind of place I was working at.”
Why are you not afraid to name the agency?
Inga: “Firstly, it all started with them. That week at the gentlemen’s club was awful. The time when I could have been productive in finding a real job is irreversibly lost. This “START TOMORROW RECRUITMENT” endangered me and ruined my life.”
Describe your week of work at the club?
Inga: “I worked every afternoon even during the weekend with minimal breaks. I stayed with other dancers, who were exhausted just like me.”
What about communication with your family and friends?
Inga: “It was not banned, but we were constantly reminded to be focused on the job. I had no time for friends or loved ones.”
Did the work at the club change you?
Inga: “Yes, it changed me a lot. I was too naive before arriving in London. Here I lost my cheerfulness and openness. Now it is very hard for me to trust any recruitment agencies. For the past year, I have been going through the therapy because of the work I was forced to do. I want girls to choose a safer work, and avoid rushing decisions with recruiters like “START
TOMORROW RECRUITMENT” agency in London.”