Times Up for Strip Clubs

MPs, Local Councils, the Government

Petition by
Not Buying It
UK, United Kingdom

To: MPs, Local Councils, the Government
From: [Your Name]

Prostitution (sexual contact and sex acts) has been exposed at Spearmint Rhino Sheffield.

This simply confirms what has already been exposed over years in at least 50 strip clubs across the UK (1/3 of the entire strip industry). Harassment and even assault is also normal. As are drugs and dealing. Pimps frequent clubs or tout outside. The entire industry is nothing more than a feeder for local brothels and all the associated crime and exploitation that that entails

This is happening despite 'stringent regulation' by Councils. The industry cannot be controlled and needs to end.

We call on:

1. Sheffield Council:
To close down Spearmint Rhino immediately, support its performers out and introduce a policy for zero strip clubs.

2. Our MPs:
To push for the law to be changed to end the strip trade, as already enacted in Iceland.

3. Local Councils:
Stop licensing strip clubs and provide exit support to the women working in them - women they are directly responsible for being sexually exploited.

Local Councils are also at risk of legal challenge, as one Council has already experienced, for breaching both licensing and equality law by licensing and re-licensing the strip trade.

4. The Home Office:
Issue new guidance immediately advising Councils to stop licensing the industry and support lap dancers out. This is because It cannot be regulated, is linked to high levels of abuse of women inside and in their vicinity and feeds 'Harvey Weinstein' attitudes - making a mockery of saying 'Times Up' to the routine harassment, abuse and assault of women in wider society.