City, County Move to Shut Down Treasures, the Strip Club

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Hammer coming down?
The city and county have filed a suit seeking to shut down the strip club Treasures, calling it a public nuisance.

They've been threatening to do this, most recently at a state hearing where dancers tearfully pleaded with officials not to close it down.

"The Houston Police Department has made numerous arrests for prostitution and drugs,"
said Houston City Attorney David Feldman. "However, the evidence of human
trafficking makes this place especially abhorrent. Law enforcement efforts alone have not
stopped the habitual criminal activity occurring there."

The suit claims the club has met the definition of "continuously and regularly" allowing illegal activity in the club, citing "more than five gang-related activities," including prostitution and
delivery of controlled substances and "more than 30" crimes over the last four years.

"Law enforcement officers tell us that just arresting the criminals doesn't solve the problem," County Attorney Vince Ryan said. "When a place allows criminal acts to continue, criminals keep coming back. You must take away the habitat to fix the problem."

The suit:

Treasures Original Petition


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lisette16
lisette16

WHOREHOUSES DISGUSTING--The Centerfolds DJ gave my husband and brother in law dvds on  how to HYPNOTIZE women and make them come WTF????? CLOSE THEM ALL DOWN. I know for a FACT they kiss and probably have SEX which is illegal. HOUSTON IS DISGUSTING. Send the whore to Las Vegas where they belong. IF THEY DONT THEN THE COPS ARE IN ON IT.

eurobear
eurobear

the only public nuisance at treasures are all the 5s and 6s the managers and door girls keep hiring.

Ol_dj
Ol_dj

Isnt it highly hypocritical for the current city administrator to seek shutdown of these places? they fought to legalize what they wanted, and then turn right around and mess around with another group's life choices. They just wanted what they wanted for themselves and everybody else is disgutinng now. Right?

If treasures is the problem then why not charge them as a continuing criminal enterprise? actually throw the book at the dancers who steal and dont adhere to the rules.

Ralphy Evans
Ralphy Evans

So HPD failed miserably with their 5 year undercover operation (wasting who knows how much $$) so now they're going to try this instead?

Fandangus
Fandangus

I WANT TO SEE FUCKIN TITS!!!!!!!111111111111

Cityslicker
Cityslicker

It's OK girls. Your main client moved to Miami, Florida!

Katy
Katy

We can all hope that, if more of these places are shut down, fewer people will be getting naked in Houston. 

Ho-Hum
Ho-Hum

"Operation Helen Huey"?

Caliu
Caliu

Houston Mayor wants to turn this club into a lesbian strip club.  Also, HPD is targeting Treasures because owners are middle eastern people.  

Craigley
Craigley

Some not so wise guy at Treasures thought they were a big boy and stopped paying off HPD.

Bad idea jeans.

There are pimps there, however.  This is a fact.

Rabelais2
Rabelais2

 Seems like a waste of time and money, and potential tax revenue.

What's the likelihood of the Gov't prevailing, anyone want to guess?

Carlos
Carlos

So why are all the cantina/ sex trafficking places in Hispanic areas open with impunity HPD?

H_e_x
H_e_x

When bribes aren't paid, you know the cops are going to come to your door.

MadMac
MadMac

Please, these joints are supported by oil men and "athletes" from across the country who come here to play. Houston is know as a backwater where a little money/celebrity status goes a long, long way.  

DempseyC
DempseyC

Curious what you really feel about this, Katy. You supported the stripper columnist. But you're a feminist, right? Talk to us about objectifying women. Prostitution. Sex slavery and all that. Within the context of a young lady's right to earn.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Her derp deluxe.

MadMac
MadMac

And you're targeting the mayor (with your BS that wouldn't make sense to AM radio conspiracy theorist) because...?

MadMac
MadMac

As much as we've disagreed on other articles, I must agree with you here. The only organized crime allowed in Houston is HPD, HSD, and the Commissioners Courts. I drove a limo through (and a while after) college. Treasures is no worse and better than joints like Baby Dolls/Centerfolds/Michaels. But as the Penthouse Club can attest, skip the push-cart apple and the boy's in blue will pull your card.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Sex slavery > tax revenue.

Wyatt
Wyatt

Maybe the same reason you can sling drugs for days on a corner in the hood but you'd last about five minutes if you tried that in a different neighborhood? Just a guess.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Not to mention Backpage.

Saviennieres
Saviennieres

Compelling, Hex. What's your position on topless clubs?

Katy
Katy

Am I a feminist?

If so, does my prior comment reflect on that one way or the other?

I thought I was making a joke. If I wasn't joking, then I'll assume the fact that I shower in my bathing suit is public knowledge now. 

Merrimac23
Merrimac23

Pls stop with the sex slavery hyperbole. Or put up some evidence. Soon you'll claim that there are thousands of underage sex slaves who are trafficked every month at these clubs. And they all should be shutdown. It's just really a bogus emotionally freighted issue in search of data. And solutions.

Wittgenstein
Wittgenstein

Yes, it's a story that shows there is human trafficking in Mexico and the US. It does in fact exist, some times in some places. So what's your point in relation to Treasures?

DinkinsD
DinkinsD

So you're saying that Puritans had a healthy-ish relationship with sex. And that you're not a Puritan? OK, stipulate that.

Seriously though, it hurts me that you think the post-Victorian guys who frequent strip clubs are just a bunch of 'fat slobs' approaching women with wads of hundreds. That's as simpleminded as claiming that human trafficking is a widespread problem endemic to Houston's strip clubs. Maybe those two lines of thinking are connected by a facile thread?

H_e_x
H_e_x

Not liking strip clubs doesn't make me Puritan, but defending them a lot might make you something else. If you frequent them, then bully to you. And the term you are really looking for is Victorian. The Puritans actually had a healthy-ish relationship with sex, unlike the Victorians.

DinkinsD
DinkinsD

Forgive me for thinking you were making fun of the patrons, or demographic, as you call it, you know, fat slobs with wads of hundreds.

And just because you've been around the block, doesn't mean you're not a puritan cry- baby holding a wand.

H_e_x
H_e_x

I'm not sure not liking strip clubs and making fun of them makes me Puritanical. Some of the things I've seen in Thailand would make John Waters blush.

DinkinsD
DinkinsD

'Fat slob'? One who can approach women only with 'a wad of hundreds'?

Why the hate Hex? Why does one who pays for sex or sexual entertainment have to be a 'fat slob'. I've seen many guys in those places who are thin, handsome and would probably make you seem like an uncultured, girly man. I think your puritanical roots are showing here.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Far away as possible. I'm not some fat slob who can't approach women without a wad of hundreds, so I'm not the target demographic anyway.

H_e_x
H_e_x

We can't bust heads like we used to, but we have our ways. One trick is to tell 'em stories that don't go anywhere - like the time I caught the ferry over to Shelbyville. I needed a new heel for my shoe, so, I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days. So I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on 'em. Give me five bees for a quarter, you'd say.Now where were we? Oh yeah: the important thing was I had an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time. They didn't have white onions because of the war. The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones...

DempseyC
DempseyC

My suspicion is that your suspicion is monolithic: there are indeed differences in the world. And that applies to not only the strip clubs, but the entertainers themselves. Thanks for clarifying that.

Katy
Katy

I don't know enough about Treasures to be able to speak to the situation there.

My suspicion is that strip clubs are not monolithic - they're not all fine establishments in which young adults can work their way through med school NOR all international slave dens.

Like with sex, labor, and a hundred other things, the same act can take on a very different character depending on whether it is done consensually or not.

If the authorities are taking these steps against this place, I hope they do actually have some evidence that there is human trafficking going on and that this is NOT just an instance of an assistant DA's crusade on behalf of public morals.

Ralphy Evans
Ralphy Evans

Who's the scorekeeper? It would appear she's marking balls as strikes.

Dimaxion
Dimaxion

I think Dempsey's question is  interesting, though if you'd prefer a joke more power to ya.

Are strip clubs empowering for women, or degrading? Should they be celebrated as opportunities for women, or despised as traps and dens of sexual slavery?

Katy
Katy

My batting average in comedy is pretty good, all in all.

However, if you should ever feel that your Houston Press experience has been ruined by one of my jokes, then I would merely remind you that all of my jokes come with a money-back guarantee.

So you can write to Margaret Downing here at the Press, and she'll see that you get reimbursed for your trouble. 

Ralphy Evans
Ralphy Evans

Don't attempt comedy, it's not your forte.

DempseyC
DempseyC

Then there is no there there.

Joke on, caped crusader!

H_e_x
H_e_x

How can it be made up if it is in the dictionary? What other made up words are in the dictionary? How about the xylophone? That thing sounds made up.

Mungostrap
Mungostrap

Not sure what study you're referring to, and the link goes nowhere. I'm just using common sense, which blows holes through your assertion that there's a real problem with human trafficking at Treasures and other such clubs. The city and state are overreaching with this allegation and it will just hurt their kitchen-sink argument against Treasures.

H_e_x
H_e_x

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/worl... shoot holes through this study. Are you privy to information that the BBC and the U.N. have no knowledge of? If so, then I implore you to share your unique insights with the world, because it has been made clear that you are indeed holding special information that somehow disproves, or at the very least lessens the impact of, this and other studies.

Mungostrap
Mungostrap

So there's an epidemic here of women being held against their will and made to perform sex acts in topless clubs?....and once finished with those compulsory sex acts, these women wait for their rides and willingly return to captivity. Day in, day out. Month after month.

Despicable indeed.

H_e_x
H_e_x

But that is assuming that all prostitutes are sex slaves, which I never said and do not believe. I think prostitution should be legalized so that it can be regulated and made safe. That is different than forcing people through coercion to have sex for money.

DinkinsD
DinkinsD

I agree with Merrimac, fwiw.

I think it's telling that the term 'sex slavery' has suddenly replaced 'prostitution'.Nobody can argue to legalize sex slavery, whereas many reasonable bulbs can suggest that sex workers here would be better off if prostitution were legalized. The people who throw around 'sex slavery' accusations are usually just prudes and moralists against prostitution.

H_e_x
H_e_x

I see the Village Voice Media campaign of obfuscation has worked. Nice job going on to claim things I never said, but then again I expect nothing more from people who glibly toss aside any claims of sexual violence at these places.

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