LAS VEGAS — College gets more and more expensive every year.
Now students and their families have to be even more resourceful to find ways to cover the cost.
One business in Las Vegas is recruiting recent high school graduates for a job many parents wouldn’t want their little girl to have.
“It fits in with Vegas, Vegas is always gonna be Vegas,” said Rick Marzullo, the manager of the Little Darlings strip club.
Marzullo recently posted help wanted ads outside the strip club near Interstate 15 and Charleston.
One sign reads, “Now auditioning the class of 2015.” The other another says, “Pay your way through college.”
“We all know the economy isn’t all that great,” Marzullo told KVVU. “It’s kind of hard to find jobs sometimes. This is an open door for young women 18 and up to come and make some good money.”
Marzullo said they’re always looking for entertainers, and with the cost of tuition continuing to rise, more and more women are turning to stripping to foot the bill.
He said girls can make up to $1,000 per night.
“Hundreds that are either in college or have worked their way through college, and like I said, without one penny of debt, not having to take out student loans, not having to borrow money from family or friends, or taking out loans from banks,” Marzullo said.
The sign has received a lot of attention as hundreds of thousands of people pass by it daily.
“It’s not a shock to me that people just, like go along with the idea,” Las Vegas resident Kayla Garninger said.
Garninger told KVVU the signs are offensive and send a bad message to young women.
“You could completely change the route of a woman who’s trying to progress and go to college and graduate and make something of herself. I don’t agree with it at all,” she said.
Others said it’s the only option for some.
“They’re consenting adults,” Las Vegas resident Julian Loiza told KVVU. “I feel like if that’s what they want to do, they have a right to.”
The manager of Little Darlings said they haven’t necessarily seen a larger than usual number of young people applying.
The chain has other clubs, in Seattle, San Francisco and San Diego, as well as on the East Coast.