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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 


A5 Flier: Faqs and Myths

A5 Flier: Private Booths 


​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’


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] 



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


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​​ ​


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


Lap Dancer Attitudes

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



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’ 

Strip Sleaze

Incidences 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: Posts unauthorised fly posters of half dressed strippers [2017]

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

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

Barnsley, Wildcats: Prostitution?: Reviews

Barnsley, Wildcats: Man assaulted inside club [2015]

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

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

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

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

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

*Birmingham: Numerous complaints to police about 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]

Blackpool, Eden 1: Overcharging & customer set alight by fire breather. Shut [2019]

Bournemouth, Spearmint Rhino: Club sued for financially exploiting drunk punter. Not shut [2016]

Bournemouth, Spearmint Rhino: Illegally serving alcohol to intoxicated punters  [2014]

​​​​Bournemouth, Spearmint Rhino: Sexual Contact & Straddling [2014]

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

Cambridge, Talk of the Town: Advertises on school route & to University Freshers [2010]

*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 [2011]

Camden, Spearmint Rhino: Sexual contact despite 63 CCTV Cameras: Undercover Investigators [2019]

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

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

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

*Camden, Spearmint Rhino: Sexual contact, organised crime, PTSD: Ex Dancer [2014]

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

*Camden, Spearmint Rhino: Judge states pimps touting outside is ongoing, unstoppable and caused by club [2013]

Camden, club anonymised: prostitution, pimps, suspected trafficking [2019]

*Camden: Club by Club [2019]

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

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

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

Chester. Platinum Lounge: Simulated sex, drugs, ‘extras’: Undercover Investigators. Shut [2015]

​​​​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]

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

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

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

Ealing, LA Confidential: Club seeks to extend opening hrs & lower age limit [2018]

Ealing LA Confidential: Bouncer charged with GBH. Police: ‘club a serious risk to public’ [2017]

Epsom, 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 found guilty of life threatening arson [2019]

Halifax, La Salsa:License renewed despite owner with criminal convictions and underage dancers and prostitution at La Salsa in Huddersfield [2019]

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

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

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

Heathrow, Spearmint Rhino: Dancer drugged & raped by security guard on CCTV [c 2009]

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

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

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

Huddersfield, ​​​​La Salsa: Underage dancers, sex for sale. Owner arrested: Police Raid. Shut [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, Silks: Known Criminals, unfit manager, police call for license to be revoked [2017]

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

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

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

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

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

Newcastle: Over 200 calls to police over Newcastle’s numerous strip clubs including illegally serving drunk punters [2018]

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sheffield, Spearmint Rhino: Sexual contact, harassment, assault, intimidation: 3 former lap dancers [2018]

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

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

Swindon, Fantasy Club:  Owner destroys interior when club shuts down

Swindon: Council finally stops straddling, ‘grinding’ & contact at its strip clubs – protested by clubs [2018]

Tower Hamlets, Nag’s Head: Sexual contact, serious sexual assault. 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, license holder convicted of 11 offences. Shut [2012]

Watford, Beavers: Sexual contact, prostitution on offer ; undercover police officers. Shut  [2013]

Westminster, The Windmill:  Sexual Contact, offers of Prostitution: Undercover Investigators. Shut [2018]

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

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

Westminster, Capricorn: Strip Club run as Brothel [2009]

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

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

Weston-super-Mare, Shadow Lounge: 14 year olds performing at strip club [2010]

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

Wigan, Baby Platinum: 8 police call outs, including for drugs. Not Shut [2016]

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

Worcester, Black Cherry: Slavery Raid [2019]


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: Illegally serving alcohol to intoxicated punters [2014]

​​​​Bournemouth: Sexual Contact & Straddling  [2014]

Camden: Sexual Contact & Straddling, performers fired  [2017]

Camden: Pimps touting outside, porn events, topless advertising [2015]

Camden: Numerous police logs of pimps touting outside [2014]

Camden: Sexual contact, organised crime, PTSD: former lap dancer [2014]

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

Camden: Judge states pimps touting outside is ongoing, unstoppable and caused by club [2013]

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

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

Camden: Prostitution: Undercover investigators [2002]

Heathrow Dancer raped by security on CCTV [c 2009]

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

Sheffield: Extreme Sexual Contact, 200 Licensing Breaches: Undercover Investigators [2019]

Sheffield: Sexual contact, harassment, assault, intimidation: 3 of its former dancers [2018]

Sheffield: Council breached equality law when  licensing Spearmint Rhino [2016]

​​​​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, Vice President : “We adhere to a lot of policies and procedures” [2011]

John Specht: “Girls are’t trapped, from broken homes, on drugs” [2012]

John Specht: “We are cleaning up our act” [2011]

John Specht: ‘Encourages’ students to strip [2011]

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

Chester Council – Landlords of Spearmint Rhino Camden [2017]





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 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]

Men are  Financially Exploited at Strip Clubs [2016]

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