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Quebec Police Raid Erotic Hair Shop

March 9, 2000

LAVAL, Quebec (AP) _ Women in the Quebec city of Laval suspected their husbands and boyfriends were getting a bit more than a shave and a haircut at a local hair salon.

Apparently, they were right.

Police arrested eight people at Le Salon Sex Symbol, where stylists stripped, performed exotic dances and talked dirty as they clipped clients’ hair, said Laval police spokesman Guy Lajeunesse. The 28-year-old owner and a client were caught naked, playing with a sexual toy and oil, police said.

Three female employees and five male customers were charged with working in or frequenting a house of prostitution, according to the newspaper.

The 2-month-old undercover investigation started after several women called police worried that the hairdressers were offering their husbands and boyfriends sexual services, Lajeunesse said.

Customers of the 5-year-old business received haircuts from scantily-clad women who _ for more money _ showed their breasts, undressed entirely, performed erotic shows and exchanged caresses, Lajeunesse said.

Though erotic hair salons are legal if no touching takes place, police believe patrons at Le Salon Sex Symbol could buy sex, Lajeunesse said.

``We found some hair on the ground,″ Lajeunesse said. ``One of the men got his hair cut. They have a few clients who just go for that.

``It’s supposed to be the main attraction.″

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