Lap dancing clubs are marketed as being a glamorous and socially acceptable night out, accompanied by professional advertising and in many cases an up-market ambiance. The realities, however, are very different.
These clubs normalise the idea of paying for sex and this is something which should not be acceptable in modern society. Research has linked lap-dancing to human trafficking, prostitution and an increase in sexual violence towards women. For example, after lap dancing clubs opened in Camden, incidents of rape rose by 50% with other types of sexual violence increasing by 57%. The existence of such clubs is a regressive step in what has been a progressive decade for women’s rights.
As a result of the 2003 Licensing Act, strip clubs have sprung up across the country due to loop holes in the legislation which make it easier for such clubs to get licences. Indeed, under the current rules, venues do not need special permission for nudity and the powers of local authorities to reject applications are severely restricted. Now, strip-clubs are licensed in the same way that cafes and ballet schools are.
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