Boobs Are Back? City Inks Deal to Allow Clubs to Go Topless, Provide Lap Dances Again
According to the Twitter feed of Janice Evans, the Director of Communications for Mayor Annise Parker, the city signed a deal today that will allow "gentleman's" clubs to go topless again and allow lap dances previously prevented by the three-foot rule.
The deal includes provisions for the creation of a $1 million human trafficking fund to be paid by club owners. In addition, clubs will agree to remove all private rooms from their establishments (no champagne room?). The deal will put to rest a 16-year-old lawsuit against the city as well.
This comes on the heels of the sting of a club where a number of underaged girls were removed, many believed to be the victims of human trafficking. Houston is a noted hub of human trafficking thanks at least in part to the Port of Houston where victims often enter the country.
We have long been known as something of a mecca for strip clubs, but that has been quelled over the past decade thanks to strict enforcement of the city's Sexually Oriented Business ordinance. It appears at least some of that will now go by the wayside and clubs will be allowed to once again let men get some boobs in their faces. And without the three-foot rule, literally.
The clubs will pay city $1mil to fund creation of human trafficking unit at HPD. They must also remove all private rooms.— Janice Evans (@Jevansdavis) November 27, 2013
In return, the clubs may go topless again and the 3 ft. rule that prohibited lap dances is gone. #hounews— Janice Evans (@Jevansdavis) November 27, 2013
Police Chief McClelland says this agreement will allow for better enforcement of human trafficking issues. #hounews— Janice Evans (@Jevansdavis) November 27, 2013