Action: Spearmint Rhino

DEADLINE 27 May
You Do Not Need to be Local 

  • Use our pre-filled Email
  • Add your postal address (will not be made public) at the top
  • Add your name at the bottom
  • Add any other concerns about the club/strip industry
  • Join us for the licensing hearing at 10AM 11th June Sheffield Town Hall 

 


Action: UK

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Nearly 100 incidences recorded in 70 strip clubs (1/3 of the entire UK strip trade).  Plus recent independent investigations have shown that men buy sexual contact as standard at Manchester clubs and buy women to have sex with each other at Spearmint Rhino. While women who have left the strip trade describe a catalogue of intimidation, harassment and abuse. It’s time to stop to go strip free. Sign our petition calling on Councils, MPs and the Home Office for change.


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Action: Rotherham

DEADLINE 15 May
You Do Not Need to be Local
Email Licensing: [email protected]
Please adapt, include any experience of harassment etc you have experienced in relation to strip clubs:
Dear Licensing
re Renoirs and Rouge Strip Club
Please do not allow Rotherham’s strip club, Renoirs and Rouge, to allow full nudity instead of ‘just’ toplessness. My understanding is that the licensing conditions at this club have already been broken. If you allow full nudity the breaches and exploitation to performers is clearly going to increase.
The men leaving the venue will also be even more sexually aroused than if there were ‘just’ toplessness. And having drunk, hyper aroused men is going to increase crime and disorder and public nuisance and decrease public safety in terms of the harassment and intimidation women will experience from them in the streets.
A recent visit by Private Investigators at Manchester clubs showed sexual contact was standard. At Sheffield’s Spearmint Rhino  extreme sexual contact including women having sex with each other was exposed.
Sexual contact, and more, is how the entire industry operates. Nearly 100  incidences in over 60 clubs (at least 1/3 of the UK strip trade) have now been recorded: www.notbuyingit.org.uk/Publications#Press.
What’s more, it cannot be ‘regulated’ – clubs get around any controls that are put in place. Even Sheffield’s club had passed every secret Council spot check and CCTV check with flying colours! Whilst management and staff always testify that the rules are never broken. 
So if you continue to license  your  club, particularly if you allow full nudity, you are licensing a venue where you  know  sexual contact will be taking place – and very likely a great deal more. You will basically be licensing a form of brothel, which is illegal.
Thank you 

 


Action: Harrogate

DEADLINE 9 April

Please adapt letter below and email to: [email protected] 
Dear Licensing
I urge you not relicense The King’s Club. It is in a location that is inappropriate according to the Council’s policy  –  on a high street near shops, cafes and the theatre. And you have every right not to license this club for that reason alone. 
In addition, rule breaching (sexual contact and very often worse) goes hand-in-hand with the industry and cannot be stopped. 
The Council has already had to close one strip club, Villa Mercedes, precisely because of this. Extreme levels of contact/prostitution have just been exposed at Sheffield’s Spearmint Rhino.  Abuse has also already been recorded in many other Yorkshire strip clubs: Huddersfield (2 clubs, 3 times), Doncaster, Rotherham (currently under police investigation). These are not ‘isolated incidences’. These are part of an industry wide pattern -‘rule breaching’ and abuse has been recorded in over 50 clubs across the UK (1/3 of the entire strip trade): www.notbuyingit.org.uk/StripSleaze
All attempts to regulate the industry are futile: Sheffield’s Spearmint Rhino, for instance was thought to be fully compliant by the Council – CCTV and spot checks have been clean, always. By granting this license you are licensing a venue where breach of licensing conditions is inevitable and you are directly fuelling criminality both within this club (where sexual contact and other forms of prostitution is inevitable) and more widely (harassment of women outside clubs  is routine and clubs feed the local sex trade with all the harm and costs to the authorities associated with it). 
Thank you

 


Action: Rotherham

DEADLINE 20 Feb

Rotherham is consulting now on its policy for strip clubs, sex shops & sex cinemas. It only takes a few mins to fill in the consultation form. You DO NOT have to be local:

1. Go to the Form here

2. Tick  ‘Very Strongly’ in every box.

3. Under ‘Regulating’ explain how strip clubs cannot be regulated – as has already been exposed in Rotherham’s one strip club where sexual contact and more was rife.  CCTV has countless blind spots (which are often pointed out to dancers); security guards are often paid to turn a blind eye or are often the harassers and abusers themselves – both of women in clubs and outside.

4. Under ‘Additional Comments’ ask for a policy for NO strip clubs; for Rotherham to close its one club and provide exit support for the young women working in it. The Council is directly responsible for the abuse they have experienced by allowing the club to open and continue operating even after this abuse was exposedYou could also talk about your experience of strip clubs  (e.g. harassment outside them or having to avoid the area near strip clubs etc).


Red Rooms – Camden

Red Room has a reputation for prostitution and trafficking inside and pimps punting for local brothels outside. The Council had to use considerable sums of local tax payers money to ensure a court ruling to stop the club from having an entire floor of private booths, in breach of Camden’s strip club licensing policy.

DEADLINE 31st DEC

 

Object

1. Download Template Letter HERE
[prepared with WEP Camden]

2. Fill in Council’s online form HERE

3. Notes on Filling in the Form:

  • You do not need to be local, although it helps if you have visited the area
  • The postcode section on the form is temperamental!
  • Object under ‘Prevention of Crime and Disorder’ & ‘Ensuring Public Safety’
  • Under ‘What is your Representation’ say ‘see attached doc’
  • Attach the Template Letter ​
    (please add any additional info as to why this club should not be licensed e.g. any fear of harassment etc that you’ve had outside this or any other strip club)

 


Parker’s – Camden

DEADLINE 31st DEC

1. Download Template Letter HERE
[prepared with WEP Camden]

2. Fill in Council’s online form HERE
3. Notes on Filling in the Form:

  • You do not need to be local to Camden, although it helps if you have visited the area
  • The postcode section on the form is temperamental!
  • Object under ‘Prevention of Crime and Disorder’ & ‘Ensuring Public Safety’
  • Under ‘What is your Representation’ say ‘see attached doc’
  • Attach the Template Letter ​
    (please add any additional info as to why the location of this club is inappropriate or any experiences of harassment etc outside) 

 


Spearmint Rhino – Camden

License due for renewal for Camden’s most notorious strip club, Spearmint Rhino – a strip chain with a long history of sexual contact, prostitution and other illegal activities.

Object by Fri 23rd Nov 2018

How To Object

1. Download Template Letter HERE

[prepared with WEP Camden]

 

2. Go to Council’s online form HERE

 

3. Notes on Filling in the Form:

  • You do not need to be local to Camden to object, although it helps if you have experience of living /working in or visiting the neighbourhood
  • The postcode section on the form is temperamental!
  • Object under ‘Prevention of Crime and Disorder’ & ‘Ensuring Public Safety’
  • Under ‘What is your Representation’ say ‘see attached doc’
  • Attach the Template Letter ​
    (please add any additional info as to why the location of this club is inappropriate or any experiences of harassment etc outside)

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5. Join WEP Camden

We’re thrilled to be working with WEP Camden – who are taking the lead in challenging Camden’s 7 strip clubs (alongside lobbying for exit support for performers when clubs close). Join the fight, join WEP Camden today!

Find them on Twitter here: @WEPCamden