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Moms dancing on tables to keep food on them

By Emily Pantelides email
Posted by Rachel Leigh email

(WFLX) - Your average mom these days has a lot on her mind: The kids need clothes, braces and a college fund. And there's only so much money clipping coupons will save.

But, some desperate housewives have found a way to bring it some big bucks.

She's a single mother with two kids, so to keep food on the table in the morning, she's dancing topless on a table at night. "If you think I'm unfit because of that, then that's your own problem."

Yet she's asked us not to identify her or her children, because, she says, some members of her family either don't know or don't approve of her current line of work. "My older brother didn't speak to me for six months when he found out. My father doesn't know, and I love my dad, and I wouldn't want him to think any differently of me."

She says she used to do clerical administrative work, but, when her ex - her high school sweetheart - walked out on her and the kids, she says, that paycheck just wasn't enough. "There's nothing I'm telling you right now. With two kids, a $12.85 job is not going to help you out with anything. I'm sorry. That might pay your rent, and that might pay your gas to get back and forth to work. But, it's not going to pay for groceries. It's not going to pay for anything they want. It's not going to pay for health insurance. Who wants to live like that?"

Larissa said, "I come here, you work 6,7,8 hour shifts and leave with more than $500."

This dancer says she used to make only a fraction of that waitresses. She too is a single mom with a 3-year-old daughter, and asked us to identify her only by her stage name "Larissa".

These dancing moms say, 'Yes, it might seem like a sexy job', but they insist there is never any sexual activity. "I wouldn't do something; that thought was going to, but to endanger myself or my children or make me look bad."

Yet the question remains: Is this career in a thong just plain wrong?

"There is a whole host of things out there that parents do that are much worse than dancing in a club," said Dr. Glaser, a psychiatrist specializes in parent-child relationships. "One person's morals is not another person's morals, so it just comes down to is how is the child being taken care of?"

One day, when her children get older, this dancer mom says, she knows they might ask her what mommy does for a living.

Reporter asked, "What will you tell them?"

She responded, "I'll tell them the truth. I mean, I'm not someone that wants to live in poverty."

And, she absolutely insists, "I'm a typical mom. That's just how it is".

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