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Clip from Channel 4 Dispatches exposing why it is called lap dancing
[Warning: Although dimly lit, video has sexual contents]

 

Although aired in 2011, nothing has changed. In fact, the industry is less regulated now with full nudity and no ‘distance rules’

Read One Thing

This is Lap Dancing

Slide Show 

Fliers

A5 Flier: Faqs and Myths

A5 Flier: Private Booths 

FAQs

​This is Lap Dancing

Lap Dancing Clubs – Unsafe, Unfit for Lap Dancers

​​​Strip Clubs Create ‘No Go’ Zones 

​​​Myths​​​

​​​’Strippers are Loaded’

‘Lap Dancing will ‘Go Underground”

​​​’You’ll Put Women out of Work’

‘​​​​It’s a Choice’

Reports

Strip Sleaze: Incidences in 1/3 of the Industry
Abuse recorded in 75 clubs: sexual contact, assaults, drugs, prostitution

​In the Docks – Failed Court Challenges by the Strip Industry [2018]
Strip clubs cannot challenge decisions not to license them

Strip Clubs & the Law – A Quick Guide

13 Reasons Why Not [2018]
How Councils breach Equality & Licensing Law when Licensing Strip Clubs

Zero Option is the Only Option [2018]
In-depth legal briefing for Councils

​​​​The Problem with Private Booths [2017] 

 

Regional

Home Office Guidance: Strip Club Licensing

Camden Licensing Policy [2011]

Camden: Club by Club [2019]

Sheffield: All Objections (145) to Spearmint Rhino [2018]

Sheffield Shame: Court Proceedings vs Sheffield City Council [2018]

Leeds Strip Club Policy: Unworkable & Anti-Equalities [2018] 

 

​Older Reports​​​

Facts About Lap Dancing [Object]

​​​​ A Growing Tide [Object]

Myth Buster [Object] 

​Performers Speak Out

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Sarah [2008]

Liz [2008]

Vicky [2008]

Cassy: How the Strip Trade Works  [2019]

Darna: ‘You wouldn’t wish this on your daughters’  [2019]

Mette: ‘Don’t put Clubs in charge of dancer ‘welfare” [2019]

Rachel: Abuse leading to Lap Dancing leading to Prostitution  [2018] 

Elle: ‘Empowerment comes when you leave’ [2018]

Anon (1) ‘I was forced to lap dance by my husband’ [2018]

Anon (2) ‘ I was threatened with attack dogs’ [2018]

Anon (3) Testimony to Camden Council [2014]

​Sammy Woodhouse ‘how many times I was called a piece of shit’ [2018]

Samantha Rea (1) : Journalist strips undercover [2018]

Samantha Rea (2):  More [2018]

‘Beth’: ‘Student Debt .. Stripping is no solution’ [2015]

Anon: p121: Sexual Contact, Criminal Activity, PTSD [2015]

​​​​​​Elena: Guardian [2008]

​​​​​​Lucy: Guardian [2009]

Jennifer Danns: Guardian [2011]

Jennifer Danns book ‘Stripped’: Collation of Testimonies [2011]

​​​Performers  USA 

Research​​ ​

Overviews

Holsopple: Women Expose the Strip Trade [1998]
From the USA and a while ago. So? If anything the industry is even worse now

​​Bindel: Profitable Exploits [2004]
A grim picture of the strip industry

Sanders: The Regulatory Dance [2011]
Widespread harassment & insecure earnings

Sanders: SEV Regulating Working Conditions [2012]
​​Suggests wholly unworkable regulation

O’Bryant: Strip Clubs, Prostitution , Sex Trafficking [2017]
​​​Impassioned plea links different parts of the sex trade

 

What Lap Dancers Think

Barton: Dancing on the Mobius Strip [2002]
‘Loving stripping’ turns to disgust

Thompson: Topless Dancing Managing Stigma [1992]
Denial & condemning opposition – a survival tactic

Thompson: Managing Stigma a Decade Later [2003]
As above but now add cognitive and emotional dissonance to the list

UK Government Review [2019] p18
Harm of industry not recognised until you leave

Sanders: The Regulatory Dance [2011]
‘I’ve lost all respect for men’ say 1/3 lap dancers

 

Abuse 

Holsopple: Women Expose the Strip Trade [1998]
100% of dancers sexually, physically and verbally assaulted by punters

Sanders: The Regulatory Dance [2011]
50% lap dancers report frequent verbal & sexual abuse

Decker: Client & Partner Violence [2017]
Lap dancers – high rates of domestic violence

 

Feeder for Prostitution

Sherman [2017]
40% of lap dancers sell sex. 90% started this after becoming dancers

UK Government Report [2019] p27
Majority of lap dancers then turn to prostitution

Mount: Behind the Curtain [2016]
Performers often try to sell acts or sex

Farley [2011]
1/3 punters had bought prostitution in strip clubs

 

Drugs & Alcohol Abuse

Forsyth [1997]
Drug & alcohol use ‘an integral part of the job’

Sherman [2017]
50% of lap dancers use crack/heroin.  Over half started after becoming dancers

UK Government Report [2019] p19
Alcohol increases risk of lap dancer assault

 

Punters & Managers

Mount: Behind the Curtain [2016]
Management’s control of lap dancers

Frank: Just Trying to Relax [2003]
Punters: ‘You can go and buy a piece of meat’ 

Club by Club

Incidences in clubs across the UK

 

Strip Sleaze:  All Reports

* Councils deemed models of ‘best practice’  for their stringent regulation & support of dancers’ welfare.
Italics:  Minor incidences, which paint a picture of the industry

 

Aberdeen Private Eyes 2 [2015]  Lap dancer attacks another, later acquitted of serious assault

Aberdeen, Private Eyes   [2017]   Places unauthorised fly posters across town

Accrington, icandy  [2012] Tries advertising for lap dancers in Job Centre

Barnsley, Wildcats  [2015] : Man assaulted inside club

Barnsley, Wildcats                Prostitution?: Reviews

Basildon, Katz [2008]  Attack by punters puts man in coma

*Birmingham [2016]  Numerous complaints to police about Birmingham clubs

*​​​​Birmingham, Legs 11 [2017] : ​​​​​Slavery raid, fraud. Both Clubs in chain. Shut

*Birmingham, ​​​​Legs 11 [2017]: ​ ​​​​Drink spiking and sexual contact. Not Shut

*Birmingham, Legs 11 [2019]   Man behind Legs 11, a ‘murderer & sex trafficker’, tries to open strip club

*Birmingham [2019] : It takes a 2,000 strong petition to stop yet another strip club from opening

*Bristol, ​​​​Temptations [2013]:  Sexual Contact, club fined. Not Shut

*Bristol, ​​​​Jack of Diamonds (formerly Temptations) [2017]: Sexual Contact. Shut

*Bristol, Urban Tiger [2015]  Banned from using school girl images

*Bristol, Urban Tiger [2017]: Several reports of assault. Not Shut

Bournemouth, Wiggle [2013]: Dancers straddling punters & other Sexual Contact

Bournemouth, Spearmint Rhino [2014]: Illegally serving alcohol to intoxicated punters. Not Shut

​​​​Bournemouth, Spearmint Rhino [2014]: Sexual Contact & Straddling. Not Shut

Bournemouth, Spearmint Rhino [2016]  Punter successfully sues for intoxicated spending

Cambridge, Talk of the Town [2010] Advertises on school route & in vouchers at Fresher’s week

*Camden: Summary of Concerns [2019]

*Camden & Westminster [2018]: Harassment, assaults, propositioning, drugs: Undercover journalist

*Camden, Parkers [2018] Touting, intimidation, possible credit card fraud/prostitution: Trip Advisor

*Camden, Red Rooms [2018] Pimps pose as cabbies outside: Local Resident

*Camden, Secrets Euston [2008] Sexual contact, assaults: dancer

​​​​*Camden, Secrets Euston [2011] Touching even when performing for women: journalist

*Camden, Secrets [2013] Fails court case to allow dancers to touch themselves sexually

*Camden, Secrets Euston [2016] Credit Card Fraud Reported: Trading Standards

Camden Secrets, Euston p148 [2016]: GBH – drunk punter attacks another: Police Report

*Camden, Secrets Euston  p148 [2017] GBH vs dancer, club fails to report to police: Police Report

*Camden, Secrets Euston [2016] Credit Card Fraud Reported: Trading Standards

*Camden, Secrets Euston [2017] Credit Card Fraud Reported: Trading Standards

*Camden, Secrets Euston p 149 [2017] Waiter left to evict drunk customer who then assaults him: Police Report

*Camden, Secrets Euston [2017] Credit Card Fraud Reported: Trading Standards

*Camden, Secrets Euston [2018] Credit Card Fraud Reported: Trading Standards

*Camden, Secrets Euston [2018] Rampant Sexual Contact: CCTV

*Camden, Secrets Covent Garden [2018] Numerous Pimps pose as cabbies outside: Resident

*Camden, Secrets Covent Garden [2019] Sexual Contact: Council Inspection

*Camden, Secrets Euston [2019] Rampant Sexual Contact: CCTV

*Camden Sophisticats (Secrets Euston) [2019] 13 reports of credit card fraud: Trading Standards

*Camden Sophisticats (Secrets Euston) App 16 [2019] Club provides mental health therapy for dancers

*Camden, Spearmint Rhino [2013]: Judge states pimps outside unstoppable & due to club

*Camden, Spearmint Rhino [2014]  Sexual contact, organised crime, PTSD: ex lap dancer

*Camden, Spearmint Rhino [2014]  Numerous police logs of pimps touting outside

*Camden, Spearmint Rhino [2015]: Pimps outside, porn events, topless advertising

*Camden, Spearmint Rhino [2017]  Sexual Contact & Straddling, performers fired

*Camden, Spearmint Rhino [2019]: ‘Chocolate Men’, black male stripper troupe, slammed as racist

*Camden, Spearmint Rhino [2019]  Sexual contact, pimps: Undercover Investigators

* Camden, club anonymised [2019]: Prostitution, pimps, suspected trafficking

Carlisle, Rouge [2018]  Assault between dancers. Not Shut [2018]

Carlisle [2019]: After assault at its current club, Council considers licensing another

​​​​Cheltenham [2018]: ‘Pop Up’ Strip Clubs – legal, unregulated bastions of abuse

​​​​Cheltenham [2018]:  The Problem with ‘Pop Up’ Strip Clubs

Chester. Platinum Lounge [2015]: Sexual contact, drugs, prostitution: Undercover Investigators. Shut

City of London, Charlie Brown’s [2012]: Sexual Contact & other Licensing Breaches

Coventry, Heat [2006] Sexual contact and poor management: Lap dancer

​​​​Doncaster, Bentley’s [2017]: Lap dancer attacked

*Durham, Red Velvet [2012]  Drug dealing: Police raid. Shut

Ealing, LA Confidential [2017]  Bouncer charged with GBH. Police: ‘club a serious risk to public’. Not Shut

Ealing, LA Confidential [2018]  Club seeks to extend opening hours & lower age limit. Not Shut

Ealing, ​​​​LA Confidential [2018]  Sexual Contact, Prostitution: Undercover investigators. Shu

Epsom, Stir [2018] : Punter attacks passer-by on leaving strip club

Glasgow, ​​​​Diamond Dolls [2017]: Lap dancer dumped on street

Glasgow, Legs N Co [2013] Tax Fraud

Hackney, Ye Old Axe [2019]  Owner guilty of life threatening arson. Not Shut

Halifax, La Salsa [2019]: Owner allowed underage dancers and prostitution at sister club. Not Shut

​​​​Harrogate, Villa Mercedes [2015]: Sexual Contact, ‘Audience Participation’. Shut

Harrogate, Kings Club [2019]  Club told ‘fix Panic Buttons’

Heathrow, Tantric Blue [2012] Performers in revealing clothes hand out fliers at Royal Ascot

Heathrow, Spearmint Rhino [2003]: Prostitution, Drugs: Employee whistle blower. Not Shut

Heathrow, Spearmint Rhino [2003]: Club settles case out of court with whistle blower. Not Shut

Heathrow, Spearmint Rhino [2009] Serious assault by security guard on CCTV: Ex dancer. Not Shut

​​​​Huddersfield, Cleopatra’s Lounge [2016]: Dancer refuses sex, punter causes £1,000s damage

Huddersfield, La Salsa [2011]:  Underage dancers, prostitution: Police raid. Owner arrested. Shut

*Leicester, Angel’s [2016]: Sexual Contact, suspected underage dancers

​​​​Liverpool [2017]: Convicted rapist forces girlfriend to lap dance

​​​​Liverpool, X in the City [2015]: Punter attacks lap dancer when she refuses sex

Maidstone, Player’s [2015] Former director steals van, sets fire to club and threatens ex-wife

*Manchester, Baby Blue [2012]         Strip club opens without license

*​​​​Manchester, Baby Platinum [2013]: Man stabbed outside club. Not Shut

*​​​​Manchester, Totties [2016]:              Mass brawl outside strip club leads to murder. Shut

*Manchester, Silks [2017]  Known Criminals, unfit manager, police call for license to be revoked

*Manchester, Silks [2017]: Several Incidences of Serious Brawls. License transferred to new strip club

*Manchester, Obsessions [2019]  Sexual Contact rife: Undercover Investigation. Not Shut

*Manchester, Victoria’s [2019]:     Sexual Contact rife: Undercover Investigation. Not Shut

Middlesbrough, Secrets [2010]: Sexual Contact. Previous serious assaults at club. Shut

Newcastle, Blue Velvet [2018]  Assault (with hospitalisations & 6 arrests) outside club

Newcastle [2018]: Over 200 calls to police over Newcastle’s 8 strip clubs

*Newquay, Halos [2011] Consistent rule breaches: CCTV. Club Shut

Plymouth, Divas [2011] Fraud and other license breaches. Club Shut

Preston, Room 32 [2014]:    One dancer assaults another causing serious injury

Preston, Perfect 10s [2015]  Drunk customer destroys club & threatens female manager

Rotherham, Renoirs & Rouge [2018] Under investigation for excessive rule breaches. Not Shut

Sheffield, Spearmint Rhino [2019]  Extreme sexual contact: Undercover Investigators. Not Shut

Sheffield, Spearmint Rhino [2019]:  200 breaches, unfit management: Council Report

Sheffield, Spearmint Rhino [2018]:  Harassment, assault, intimidation: 3 former lap dancers. Not Shut

Sheffield [2018] Council breaching equality law in pro strip industry stance

Sheffield [2016] Council breaching equality law in licensing Spearmint Rhino

​​​​Skegness, Flirtz [2017]: Class A Drugs. Not Shut

Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 [2017]:  Drink spiking, drug dealing, violence, prostitution

Swindon, Fantasy Club  Owner destroys interior when club shuts

Swindon [2018]: Council bans straddling, ‘grinding’ & contact at strip clubs to protest by clubs

Tower Hamlets, Charlie’s Angels [2015] Sexual contact. Harassment by ‘feminist’ Moslem Lib Dem candidate during Ramadan

Tower Hamlets, Nag’s Head [2017] Sexual contact, serious sexual assault. Not Shut

Tower Hamlets, Whites [2019] Sexual contact: undercover investigators. Shut

Twickenham, Playhouse [2012]  Punters drunk & disorderly, license holder convicted of 11 offences. Shut

West Bromwich, Bing [2017]:​​​​​ GBH, suspected prostitution/trafficking/underage performers

Westminster clubs [2018]  Harassment, assaults, propositioning, drugs: Undercover journalist

Westminster, Capricorn [2009]  Strip Club run as brothel

Westminster, Platinum Lace [2016]: Sexual contact, management claims ‘set up’ by rival. Not Shut

Westminster, Platinum Lace [2019]: pg 20. Sexual contact: Undercover investigators. Not Shut

Westminster, Windmill Theatre [2018]:  Sexual contact, prostitution: Undercover Investigators. Shut

Weston-super-Mare, Shadow Lounge [2010] 14 year old girls performing

Weston-super-Mare [2019]: Punter ejaculates on dancer’s leg

Wigan, Baby Platinum [2016]: 8 police call outs, including for drugs

Wigan, Baby Platinum [2019]: Staff ‘s bag, with her baby scans, snatched

Wolverhampton, Cobra Club [2011]  Man stabbed in club

Worcester, Black Cherry [2019]  Slavery Raid

 

 

 

This is Spearmint Rhino

 

There have been ‘problems’ ie prostitution, pimps, assaults, fraud at the chain ever since it opened in 2000, yet no branch has even been shut for breach of license:

 

Bournemouth [2014]: Illegally serving alcohol to intoxicated punters. Not Shut

​​​​Bournemouth [2014]: Sexual Contact & Straddling. Not Shut

Camden [2002] Detectives expose prostitution at club. Not Shut

Camden [2013]: Judge states pimps outside unstoppable & caused by club. Not Shut

Camden [2013]: Failed Court attempt to stop Council access to CCTV & to extend opening hours

Camden [2014]: Numerous police logs of pimps touting outside. Not Shut

Camden [2014]: Sexual contact, organised crime, PTSD: former dancer. Not Shut

Camden [2014]: Club unsuccessfully challenges ban on ad vans & forcing dancers to drink at work

Camden [2015]: Pimps touting outside, porn events, topless advertising. Not Shut

*Camden [2019]: Sexual contact despite 63 CCTV Cameras: Undercover Investigators

Heathrow [2003]: Prostitution, Drugs: Employee whistle blower. Not Shut

Heathrow [2009]: Serious sexual assault by security guard on CCTV: Ex performer. Not Shut

Sheffield [2018]:  Harassment, assault, intimidation: 3 ex-performers. Not Shut

Sheffield [2019]: Extreme sexual contact, 200 breaches: Undercover Investigators. Not Shut

 

Across the Chain

1995: USA Founder of entire Spearmint Rhino chain has several criminal convictions

​​​​2003: Sexual Contact and Prostitution exposed across UK Chain. No Clubs Shut

2004: Ex detective hired to ‘clean up’ the chain’s UK clubs

2007: Spearmint Rhino UK goes to Court to ensure lap dancers have no employment rights

2008: Simon Warr, UK Vice President tells Parliament ‘Lap Dancing isn’t Sexual’

2009: John Specht, new UK Vice President brought in to ‘clean up act’

2011: John Specht: “There’s a no touch policy”

2011: John Specht ‘Encourages students to strip’

2011: John Specht Swears on his mother’s life he never targeted students

2016: Spearmint Rhino UK £10 in profit in 2015; operating at a loss in 2016

2017: Spearmint Rhino UK operating at a £4.8million loss

Chester Council – Landlords of Spearmint Rhino Camden [2017]

 

More

 

 

Employment Rights USA

Court Actions by Strippers vs clubs show Dancers NOT ‘Self Employed’ [2015]

Spearmint Rhino: Strippers win class action against chain: They are NOT ‘self employed’ [2017]

 

Employment Rights UK

Strip Clubs Guilty of Tax Evasion? [2019]

Stringfellow:  Pockets  tips of Waitresses paid £6.50/hr [2015]

Stringfellow: Goes to Court to ensure NO Employment Rights for Strippers [2012] 

Spearmint Rhino: Goes to Court to ensure strippers, not strip clubs, liable for VAT [2007]

 

 

Strip Clubs vs ‘President’s Clubs’

The President’s Club= Lap Dancing Light [2018] 

​​​​More on the President’s Club & Lap Dancing [2018] 

Bolton Conservatives holds fundraiser with ‘strippers’ [2018]

Conservative Party Conference – strip club discounts [2008]

Universities’ Strip Club and Escort Expenses [2018]

‘This is not about Choice’ [2012]

Strip clubs strip us all of our humanity [2008]

Strip clubs stand as monument to New Labour [2009]

Strip clubs are filthy, literally 

 

Strip Pubs

Strip Pubs: Vaginas at lunchtime, then back to the Office [2015]

The Griffin, Camden: London’s seediest ‘strip pub’ [2014]

Strip Pubs: What the industry says [2010]

 

The Men Behind the Clubs

​​​​’Lap Dancing isn’t Sexual’ says major industry player [2008]

​​​​’Lap Dancers are Product’ says major industry player [2008]

 Scottish Lap Dance King a ‘violent gangster’ [2016]

 

The Men in the Clubs

Strip Clubs & their Punters create ‘No Go Zones’ [2017]

Punters Make Revenge Porn for Strippers [2016]

How Strip Clubs Scam Punters [2016]

 

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