Boobs Are Back? City Inks Deal to Allow Clubs to Go Topless, Provide Lap Dances Again

Categories: Spaced City

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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.


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13 comments
Mark Markovich
Mark Markovich

The city is just accepting reality. You can make these kinds of behaviors illegal, but they continue to occur, nonetheless. They just move underground, where criminals elements are able to exploit them for profit. Whether you approve or disapprove of strip clubs, the best result for the citizenry, including those participating, is to keep these activities above-board.

Puller58
Puller58

Shoot, the elections are over.  Years ago, every election cycle brought the vice bust shakedowns.  But now with Parker in her last term, guess its party like it's 1999...

Jimi Austin
Jimi Austin

Nothing but a mafia style cash grab by the city.

John Carpenter
John Carpenter

How many lap dances equal a million bucks a year?

Kagan
Kagan

About time, these statutes were made by uptight Puritans, it's only right the City would announce this on Thanksgiving week!!

Brian Chestnut
Brian Chestnut

Everyone knows that if you want to have any real fun you have to cross the Harris County line. They way it's always been, the way it always will be.

aliberaltexan
aliberaltexan

Good news for Houston.  That was ridiculous anyhow.  A topless club should be just that.

Puller58
Puller58

@Brian Chestnut You mean down south off I-45?

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