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Foreign porn stars lose pole positions

NICHOLAS KÖHLER June 11 2007
NATIONAL

Foreign porn stars lose pole positions

NICHOLAS KÖHLER June 11 2007

Foreign porn stars lose pole positions

NICHOLAS KÖHLER

Porn star Melissa Wolf had left the adult entertainment industry to sell real estate not long ago. Billed as “North America’s Most Published Penthouse Pet,” Wolf, now 43, was getting a little long in the tooth. But earlier this year, U.S. authorities raided her Atlanta, Ga., mansion; Wolf now awaits charges of running a brothel out of her $1-million home and has been forced back to the stage to pay her mortgage and legal bills. Luckily, Wolf, who was born Lisa Ann Taylor in Vancouver and performed two Canadian dates some months ago on her Not Guilty Tour, carries a Canadian passport and won’t be affected by a recent push from the federal government to ban foreign strippers from Canada. Immigration Minister Diane Finley says her bill is aimed at protecting “vulnerable foreign workers”—though she allowed it would clean up the same Liberal mess that led to Judy Sgro’s resignation from the portfolio under Paul Martin.

But Canadian club managers are worried the move could inadvertently bar headlining U.S. adult entertainers from Canadaeven if they’d likely fall victim to little else than making piles of money. “We still have some premier, top entertainers,” says Bryon Gottfredsen, manager of Airways Country Inn, in Nisku. “But there’s not a lot of the actual porn stars.” Big money is at stake in Alberta, where even no-name dancers earn as much as $10,000 a week. Last August, Airways, which caters to the oil and gas industry, imported up-and-coming porn star Vivian West, a booking that took three months to facilitate. (Wolf also appeared at Airways.)

“If this ruling goes through, I might not be able to bring her back,” Gottfredsen complains. Should Finley’s bill pass, Wolf might not entirely be in the clear either, even as a Canadian. A reality-show pilot she will star in following her life as a 43-year-old stripper films in Canada this fall. “It’s like a Rocky Balboa story and trying to make a comeback,” says Wolf. But her roommate and co-star, Nicole Probert—also known as the Country Club Call Girl—may have to get a permit. M