SURREY - From the bedroom to the champagne room, a who's who of local adult entertainers will fill the Byrd Showroom of Surrey's Flamingo Hotel for the third annual Naked Truth Adult Entertainment Awards.
Making its local debut, the show represents adult entertainers in the Lower Mainland, including exotic dancers, escorts, dominatrices, adult film stars, webcam workers and phone sex operators.
"The Adult Entertainment Awards were started to allow adult entertainers to recognize each other and be recognized for the good work that we're doing," said Trina Ricketts, 38, of Surrey who founded the Naked Truth Entertainment in 2001. "And also to challenge stereotypes about the industry so that people would know that there are ethical companies in the industry."
As a former exotic dancer and a mother of three, Ricketts has dealt with such stereotypes in the industry.
"There's a misconception that if you are a mother and you work in this industry that you're a bad mother," she said, noting that the industry is dominated by women. "It kind of just goes hand in hand that a lot of us are parents."
At 23, she struggled to find work when she moved to Vancouver from Kelowna and started dancing to make more money.
"I made the same amount of money that I made in two weeks at my part-time job," she said.
Now an advocate for industry workers, Ricketts is coordinating this year's awards show in Surrey, an escape from such past venues as the Rio Theatre and the Penthouse Night Club in Vancouver.
"I think it was kind of destiny," said Ricketts of the move, adding that she stepped in as coordinator after the original coordinator got injured and dropped out, "Because I live in Surrey and I work for the Flamingo Hotel, it just made sense to move the event over there because it would just be a lot easier."
The show will dole out awards in 12 categories, including favourite dominatrix, favourite service provider/escort/massage worker and favourite advocate/support worker.
"This industry can be very isolating because of the stigma, so a lot of people don't tell their family or their friends," she said. "It's an opportunity for people in the industry to hang out with their peers in a positive, supportive environment."
Between the entertainers and the public, Ricketts is expecting more than 200 people to come out Saturday.
A meet and greet runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by the awards show from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. and exotic entertainment throughout the night.
Admission is $10 at the door.
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