See It

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. If anything 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: Abuse exposed in 1/3 of the Industry
Abuse recorded in over 50 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: Concerns Over Clubs [2018]

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

Liz

Vicky

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

Elle  [2018]

Anon (1) Testimony to Sheffield City Council [2018]

Anon (2) Testimony to Sheffield City Council [2018]

Anon (3) Testimony to Camden Council [2014]

​Sammy Woodhouse Testimony to Sheffield City Council [2018]

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

Samantha Rea (2):  More [2018]

Anon: Testimony to Camden Council p121: sexual contact, wholesale criminal activity, PTSD [2015]

​​​​​​Elena: Guardian [2008]

​​​​​​Lucy: Guardian [2009]

Jennifer Danns: Guardian [2011]

Jennifer Danns book ‘Stripped’: A collation of testimonies [2011]

​​​Performers  USA 

Research​​ ​

​​Bindel: ‘Profitable Exploits: Lap dancing in the UK’ [2004]
A grim picture of the strip industry

Sanders: ‘The Regulatory Dance: Sexual Consumption in the Night Time Economy’ [2011]
Widespread harassment & insecure earnings

Sanders: ‘Sexual Entertainment Venues Regulating Working Condition’s [2012]
​​Suggests wholly unworkable ‘gold standards’ for regulation

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

Mount: ‘Behind the Curtain’ [2016]
How management operates at clubs

Incidences UK Wide

 

Strip Sleaze:  All Reports

* Councils deemed models of ‘best practice’ by academics
Italics:  Minor incidences (but paint a wider picture of the industry)

 

Aberdeen, Private Eyes: Posts unauthorised fly posters of half dressed strippers [2017]

Aberdeen : Lap dancer assaults another, later acquitted of serious assault [2015]

Accrington, icandy: Tries advertising for strippers in Job Centre [2012] 

Barnsley, Wildcats: Man assaulted inside club [2015]

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

*Birmingham, Legs 11: Man behind Legs 11, a ‘murderer & sex trafficker’ seeks to re-open venue [2019]

*Birmingham, Legs 11: Drink spiking and illegally serving intoxicated punters [2018]

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

*Birmingham, ​​​​Legs 11: ​​​​​Drink spiking and sexual contact [2017]

*Birmingham: Large number of police complaints for Birmingham clubs [2016]

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

*Bristol, Urban Tiger: Feminist strip club uses ‘sexy school girl’ ads [2015]

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

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

Bournemouth, Spearmint Rhino:Man successfully sues club for intoxicated spending binge [2016]

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Camden, Red Rooms: Pimps touting outside posing as cabbies: Witness Statement [2018]

*Camden, Secrets Euston: Sexual contact, sex acts: Ex Dancer. Not Shut [2018]

​​​​*Camden, Secrets Euston: Touching even when performing for women. Club not Shut [2011]

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

*Camden, Spearmint Rhino: Sexual Contact & Straddling, performers fired. Club not Shut [2017]

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

*Camden, Spearmint Rhino: Sexual contact, organised crime, PTSD: Ex Dancer. Not Shut [2014]

*Camden, Spearmint Rhino : Numerous police logs of pimps touting outside.  Not Shut [2014]

*Camden, Spearmint Rhino: Judge states pimps touting outside is ongoing, unstoppable and caused by club. Not Shut [2013]

*Camden: Summary of Concerns [2018]

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

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

Carlisle: After assault at its one existing club, Council considering licensing another [2019]

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

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

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

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

Ealing, ​​​​LA Confidential:  Sexual Contact & Prostitution: Lap Dancer & Undercover Investigation. Finally Shut [2018]

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

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

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

*Durham, Red Velvet: Drug dealing revealed in police raid. Club Shut [2012]

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

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

Glasgow, Legs N Co: Tax Fraud [2013]

Hackney, Ye Old Axe: Owner guilty of arson [2019]

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

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

Heathrow, Spearmint Rhino: Dancer raped by security guard on CCTV

Heathrow, Spearmint Rhino: Prostitution, Drugs: Employee whistle blower [2003]

Heathrow, Spearmint Rhino: Settles case out of court with whistle blower [2003]

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

Huddersfield, La Salsa: Club closed, owner prosecuted but allowed to continue to operate La Salsa in Halifax & other strip clubs [2011]

Huddersfield, ​​​​La Salsa: Police raid reveals underage dancers and sex for sale. Owner arrested. Club Closed [2010]

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

​​​​Liverpool: Convicted rapist forces girlfriend into lap dancing [2017]

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

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

*Manchester, Obsessions: Sexual Contact rife: Undercover Investigation [2019]

*Manchester, Victoria’s: Sexual Contact rife: Undercover Investigation [2019]

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

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

*​​​​Manchester, Baby Platinum: Man stabbed outside strip club. Still Open [2013]

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

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

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

Newcastle: Police receive over 200 calls over Newcastle’s numerous strip clubs including money being possible stole or unwittingly spent by intoxicated punters [2018]

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

Rotherham, Renoirs & Rouge: Under investigation for excessive rule breaches. Club still open and seeking extension of its license [2018]

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

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

Preston, Perfect 10s: Drunk customer ‘trashes’ club [2015]

Reading, The Treehouse: Brawls and Class A drugs [2015]

​​​​Skegness, Flirtz: Class A Drugs. Still Open [2017]

Sheffield, Spearmint Rhino: Extreme sexual contact: Undercover Investigation [2019]

Sheffield, Spearmint Rhino: Sexual contact, harassment, assault, intimidation: former lap dancer. Not Shut [2018]

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

Swindon, Fantasy Club:  Owner destroys interior after license refused

Tower Hamlets, Nag’s Head: Sexual Contact, Assault. Club not Shut [2017]

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

Twickenham, Playhouse: drunk & disorderly punters, licensee convicted of 11 offences. Shut [2012]

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

Westminster, The Windmill:  Sexual Contact and offers of Prostitution rife at world’s ‘most respected’ strip club: Undercover Investigation. Closed [2018]

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

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

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

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

Wolverhampton, Cobra Club: Man stabbed in club [2011]

Worcester, Black Cherry: Slavery Raid [2019]

Worcester, Riviera Show Club: Stabbing in club, brawl outside [2015]

Worcester, Platinum Premier: Suspected prostitution  [2011]

Worcester, Platinum Premier: Bouncer assaults punter & robs him. Club not Closed [2010]

 

All About the Rhino

There have been problems (prostitution) at the chain ever since it opened in 2000, yet no branch has even been shut for breach of license.

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

​​​​Bournemouth, Spearmint Rhino: Sexual Contact & Straddling. Club not shut [2014]

Camden, Spearmint Rhino: Sexual Contact & Straddling, performers fired. Club not Shut [2017]

Camden, Spearmint Rhino: Pimps touting outside, porn events, topless advertising. Club not Shut [2015]

Camden, Spearmint Rhino : Numerous police logs of pimps touting outside. Club not Shut [2014]

Camden, Spearmint Rhino: Sexual contact, organised crime, PTSD: former lap dancer. Club not Shut [2014]

Camden, Spearmint Rhino: Club unsuccessfully challenges ban on ad vans & dancers drinking at work [2014]

Camden, Spearmint Rhino: Judge states pimps touting outside is ongoing, unstoppable and caused by club.  Not Shut [2013]

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

Camden, Spearmint Rhino: Chain hires ex detective to ‘clean up act’ [2004]

Camden, Spearmint Rhino: Detectives expose prostitution at club. Not Shut [2002]

Heathrow, Spearmint Rhino: Dancer raped by security on CCTV

Heathrow, Spearmint Rhino: Prostitution, Drugs: Employee whistle blower [2003]

Sheffield, Spearmint Rhino: Sexual Contact, women having sex with each other: Undercover Investigators [2019]

Sheffield, Spearmint Rhino: Sexual contact, harassment, assault, intimidation: lap dancer. Club not Shut [2018]

​​​​Spearmint Rhino, across chain: Sexual Contact and Prostitution [2003]

Spearmint Rhino, UK: Only £10 profit in 2015; operating at a loss in 2016 [2016]

Spearmint Rhino UK: Operating at £4.8million loss [2017]

John Specht, CEO :”We adhere to a lot of policies and procedures” [2011]

John Specht, CEO: “girls trapped, from broken homes, on drugs.. BS” [2012]

John Specht, CEO: “we are cleaning up our act” [2011]

John Specht, CEO: ‘Entourages’ students to strip [2011]

John Specht, CEO: Swears on his mother’s life he never targeted students [2011]

 

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

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

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

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

 

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 Pubs: A lunchtime ploughman’s and eyeful of vagina [2015]

Strip Pubs: What the industry says about it [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: Film strippers and post online [2016]

Men exploited finanically at strip clubs [2016]