'I strip to stay off dole'
A 20-YEAR-OLD from Ammanford has spoken out about how he was forced to turn to stripping to earn a living to avoid a life on the dole.
Danny Davison will reveal all on tonight's Hacio, a current affairs programme for young people on S4C.
Danny started playing rugby when he was six and had a promising career ahead of him, and the age of 16 he was playing for Wales and hoped for a future of fame and fortune.
"I was playing for the Crusaders academy under 17s and 18s and everything was perfect, I was really happy."
But when he was 17, Danny suffered a knee injury whilst playing rugby and his hopes to become a professional player were left shattered.
"I was really down about it. I tried going to college but it just wasn't for me to be honest with you.
"I tried loads of different jobs like in a call centre, but it just wasn't for me. Then obviously there wasn't much to do in the Valleys so we would just drink every week in Swansea."
When visiting with his local pub, The Amman United, with his dad, there was a stripper performing in front of a crowd of women on that night.
After seeing the screaming girls and the attention the stripper was getting Danny decided he'd have a go.
"After a few pints I ended up taking off my top and messing about dancing too. After the show the guy gave me his card and said I should try for a job so I did. I had an interview in Bristol and then I started my stripping."
Last October Danny began his new career and moved to Cardiff so he could get to more shows.
He now works for one of the biggest stripping companies in the UK.
"I love my job. A lot of young people don't have the opportunities that I have and a lot of young people are on the dole. I love my job, I get paid good money, there's loads of girls, I get to travel all around Britain, it's perfect for me. What else would a 20-year-old boy want to do."
This latest programme comes after David Cameron announced last week, that he promised to nag and push and guide young people away from a life on the dole.
But MP for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr Jonathan Edwards said he was concerned not enough was being done to keep youngsters in their hometowns.
He said: "Not only are young people having to leave this area to find work like moving to Cardiff or even further like to London or even further again. But also when they reach Cardiff the good jobs don't exist in the big cities.I can't imagine that a lot of young people start their educational career saying that they want to be a stripper when they grow up. And I think, maybe it is sad."