Plans for exotic dancing in the Portland Hotel, Portland Road, Hove, have been met with predictable 'fury' by local nutters.
But John Sturgeon, the joint licensee for the hotel and pub, said the main thrust of the application was to allow smokers to satisfy their habits until 4.30am, rather than turn the venue into a strip club. He added that if he does decide to hold events
they will not involve full nudity.
He said: Smoking has killed the trade and we need to do anything we can to pay the bills. We are not trying to upset anyone and if we do use it would be table dancing and it would not be regular.
Celia Barlow, nutter MP for Hove, has written to the chairman of the council's licensing committee to express her opposition: This application is utterly inappropriate for a residential area such as Portland Road. There are a large number of young
families in this area, as well as a local junior school. These clubs have no place in a community such as this. I hope the licensing committee rejects this idea for the madness it is.
City councillor and prospective Green Parliamentary candidate for Hove Ian Davey lives near the venue. He said: Local residents are both shocked and scared by this move from the pub to set up a pole and lap dancing establishment on their doorstep.
Whilst this is a generally peaceful residential area, residents like many others in the city are suffering increasingly from sleepless nights as a consequence of ever later licences.
Residents have gathered more than 50 letters and a petition with 150 names objecting to the proposals.
If the licence is granted, it would become the sixth venue to hold exotic dancing in the city. Consultation has now closed but because of opposition to the move a licensing committee will rule on the application in the New Year.
Plans for a lap-dancing club next to Wandsworth Town Hall have been dropped after objections from residents and councillors.
Agora Entertainment Ltd applied for permission to provide adult entertainment by way of striptease, semi nude and fully nude dancing" on the upper floors of the former Theatre nightclub in Wandsworth High Street.
Wandsworth Council's licensing sub-committee were due to make a decision on the proposal on January 10. But today the council received written confirmation from the applicants that plans were being withdrawn.
Agora is continuing with their licencing application for the club, called Inigma, with music, dancing and the sale of alcoholic drinks until 3am Wednesday to Sunday and 2am on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Council leader Edward Lister welcomed the announcement. He said: This is a sensible move by the owners and they should be congratulated for finally making the right decision. The lap-dancing idea had whipped up a storm of protest from local residents
who quite rightly did not believe that a residential area, and home to so many young families, was the right place for this kind of establishment.
There is still concern from some neighbours over the proposed late opening hours of the nightclub.
Coun Lister said the licensing sub-committee would be focusing their attention on the new adjusted application.
A study published in the British Medical Journal in 2005 pointed out, little is known about the men who pay for sex.
That study found that the proportion of British men who reported paying for heterosexual sex had increased from 5.6% in 1990 to 9% in 2000. Of these, the largest group were in their mid-twenties to mid-thirties, living in London and either single or
Disconcertingly, the men to whom I spoke suggested that lack of any emotional obligation is one of the most appealing attributes of paying for sex. Itís just a case of getting something out of the way, says Tom, who after his fifthencounter
described how he felt a very cold reaction, very emotionless ó youíve lost that pent-up aggression and you just want to get out of there.
I have felt more guilt after one-nightstands than I have felt after going to a prostitute. As long as prostitution is done in a legal and consensual way, there is almost more honesty in it than in picking up a girl in a bar, where you are toying with
peopleís emotions and giving false impressions in order to get something physical.
In the real world ó that is, the world where sex stems from boy-meets-girl rather than boy-pays-girl ó there are always emotional obligations attached, no matter how casual the liaison. Neither Sam nor Tom is an emotional vandal, the sort of man who
swaggers blithely through womenís lives with a philosophy of love íem and leave íem.
They see themselves as the good guys, the ones who donít want to lie, cheat and make promises that they canít (or wonít) keep to have sex. So, with what seems perverse logic, they sleep with prostitutes instead.
With a prostitute you both know what youíre doing it for. Sheís doing it for the money, youíre doing it for sex. Iíve had guilty feelings [after visiting a prostitute] but never the same as Iíve had with a one-night stand.
The cold truth is that many men today, regardless of how eligible, rich and dashing they may be, donít go to prostitutes because they canít get laid. They go because, frankly, itís an easier way of getting laid.
Stall holders are now being warned the council and police will use their powers to seize sex-related items considered offensive.
The move follows the launch of the council's new code of conduct this year which urges stag and hen parties to have more respect for other visitors and residents.
Council leader Coun Peter Callow has pledged to "clean up" the town's often tacky image.
He said: We've all seen blow up dolls and other vulgar items for sale on the Prom. Although it may appear as a bit of harmless fun, for many it can be deemed offensive.
We are warning traders now, before they order their stock for next season, that we have the powers to remove any inappropriate items and we will definitely be using this legislation .
I have made my intentions clear on cleaning up our town and this is just one of a number of enforcement actions we will take to ensure that everyone who comes to Blackpool enjoys themselves without the behaviour of the small minority ruining it for
Sex related articles such as lewd inflatable novelty goods are not acceptable and are not something children should be exposed to.
Magistrates have upheld an appeal against the granting of a licence permitting lap dancing three nights a week at the Loft nightclub, in Durham City.
The licensing appeal panel backed residents and other opponents of what some termed "a strip club" at the North Road premises.
Panel chairman Glynn Wales said it would aggravate rather than alleviate late night disorder in the area.
The panel agreed that Durham City Council, whose licensing committee granted initial approval, should meet the appellants' costs of £2,795.
Among opponents of lap dancing at the club was Durham MP Roberta Blackman-Woods who said it was "totally unsuitable" near the city's World Heritage sites. She described the appeal outcome as a victory for local people who stood up for what
they believed was right.
She criticised the city's Liberal Democrat-led council over its original ruling: Durham City Council needs to now accept it had the ability and duty to say 'no' to this club opening and, once again, got it wrong. She called on the council to
"look carefully" at how it came to its decision.
Durham City Council said "morality" appeared to be the major concern at the original hearing.A council statement yesterday said: Table dancing is not an illegal activity and therefore cannot be refused just because of what it is. There was insufficient evidence given at the initial hearing and the professional bodies did not, and still do not, object to this application, and, they are the very people the panel must consider of importance in looking at such applications, as well as taking into account the concerns of the public.
Nightclub owner Vimac Leisure has yet to comment on the appeal decision.
Opponents had previously made s silent protest against the planned venue. About 80 people met in Durham City's Market Place to demonstrate against the plans. The protest was timed to coincide with the start of then appeal.
Update: New Lap Dancing Policy
24th December 2007
Durham City Council has published a draft new licensing policy. Councillor Sue Pitts, portfolio holder for leisure and culture, said: It doesn't alter the legal position in terms of The Loft one bit, which will sadden people I think, because we would
have liked to have been protected from that type of application.
The new policy says each application would be considered on its merits, but lap dancing would only be allowed:
Where it cannot be seen from the street
In a designated area away from a club's main room
Where dancers can reach a dressing room without passing through the audience.
The licensing policy was drawn up following a three-month consultation, which ended in October.
The owner of a lap-dancing chain has said he has never experienced opposition as strong as he has in Fife.
Church leaders, an MP and local people have all said they do not want the "gentlemen's club" which opened two weeks ago in Dunfermline town centre.
A petition has been circulating and has so far been signed by about 300 people.
The man running Private Eyes insisted the club was legitimate and legal and that he would not be hounded out of town by the minority.
Cochrane told BBC Scotland news website: I've never seen this level of opposition. I think everybody is getting worked up about something they know little about. It's not affecting trade. People are coming to see what it's all about. We've been at
capacity every weekend.
Father David Barr from St Margaret's RC Church said: People were expressing their concern that such a place could open up in the middle of town. My objection would be on a social level as well as on a spiritual one.
Dunfermline and West Fife MP Willie Rennie insisted the club was "sleazy". He said: Dunfermline is going through a magical transformation at the moment and to have this lap dancing club doesn't fit into the image we are trying to portray.
It's down to market forces now. I hope the people don't use it.
After seven hours of wrangling at Islington Town Hall, Dr Sardar Imtiaz, owner of the Archway Tavern, had his application thrown out to the delight of nutters.
His plan was to stage naked pole dancing at the pub on Archway roundabout seven days a week from 10pm until 5am. It brought hundreds of letters of objection.
Dr Imtiaz turned down a chance to agree that the dancing should be merely topless - instead, holding out for the right to stage full frontal nudity. He backed up his case by claiming that that nude clubs are not morally wrong, adding that even the new
prime minister of Australia as been to a strip club - to the hilarity of onlookers.
But councillors were more impressed by the impassioned arguments of Archway-based lawyer Richard Barker. Barker forced Dr Sardar to admit he had never even been to a strip club before, let alone run one, before saying: Pole dancing clubs involve naked
women dancing inches from men who have had a lot to drink and there is no evidence the applicant could control such a business. He wants one with no experience whatsoever.
They haven't even filled out the public safety box in the application so they can't have thought about it that much. Would the applicant like to have a lap-dancing club outside his house? I don't think so.
Announcing the decision to reject the plans, Councillor George Allan said: The applicants have failed to supply adequate explanation of how they will operate the adult entertainment. He added that the council also believed the plans would lead to
increased crime and disorder.
Protesters were delighted at the decision but promised to fight any appeal. Kate Calvert of the Better Archway Forum said: I was very pleased and the committee had sound reasons for rejecting the application. They felt it was not going to be a
properly run establishment.
David Cameron recently said: "We have to be honest - the past decade or so has seen the growing
sexualisation of our society, where sex is aimed at an ever younger audience and it's cool to treat women like sex objects."
But what has this got to do with stopping rapists thinking they can get away with it? Please explain Mr Cameron!
Rapists in Britain 'think they can get away with it' David Cameron will say today. The Tory leader will point to a conviction rate far lower than other EU countries and a fall in sentences. He will promise to tighten the law - and act against the 'growing
sexualisation' of society. The Tory leader will promise that a Cameron government would make jail terms more 'proportionate' to the crime and set out plans for a controversial overhaul of sex education in schools he will argue that 'widespread cultural
change' in needed. 'We have to be honest - the past decade or so has seen the growing sexualisation of our society, where sex is aimed at an ever younger audience and it's cool to treat women like sex objects. Cameron will argue that the media and the
music industry should present more positive female role models.
The media and the music industry should present more positive female role models...
preferably wearing burkhas! Don't want their naked flesh turning men into rapists who think they can "get away with it" do we!
While Cameron talks of tougher prison sentences for rapists he still points at convenient scapegoats like the media.
Act against the growing sexualisation of society. ..
We hear Tory middle England's constant moralising about the "sexualisation" of society all the time but what does it actually mean? Where is the evidence that our society is "sexualised"?
And what would be the alternative? A repressed society where sex is swept under the carpet, never talked about and seen as something that's dirty and that we only do to reproduce?
When the self appointed moral guardians complain about the sexualisation of society what they really are complaining about is that there is too much sexual freedom for people and we really need more laws to stop people doing and looking at things they
Which goes a long way to explain why groups like Mediawatch-UK are constantly lobbying the government to imprison viewers of sexual entertainment.
set out plans for a controversial overhaul of sex education in schools...
Oh we can just imagine his kind of sex education. DON'T DO IT, IT'S BAD! That will hardly stop underage sex and teen pregnancy will it!
he will argue that 'widespread cultural change' in needed...
Oh yes a change back to a culture of repression, when sex was seen as dirty. A culture that will do nothing to stop the problems we have in our country.
Cameron is saying rapists think they can get away with it but they will continue to think that if Cameron and others keep blaming scapegoats for their evil actions!
The London premises next door to Wandsworth Town Hall could be turned into a lap dance and striptease club if a licensing application gets the green light.
Agora Entertainment has applied to the council for permission to use the upper floors of Wandsworth Theatre to provide adult entertainment by way of striptease, semi nude and fully nude dancing.
It has also requested that the club, called Inigma, be allowed to serve alcohol from 11am until 2am on Mondays and Tuesdays and between 11am and 3am for the rest of the week.
The plans have outraged local nutter councillor Vanessa Graham who said they were "totally inappropriate" for Wandsworth town: This isn't the sort of thing we need in Wandsworth town centre. It will undermine all the work the council and
the community has being doing over the past 10 years to regenerate the area.
Councillor Graham said the club would affect businesses and residents and lower the tone of an area which is home to many families.
Members of the Salvation Army met for a prayer meeting outside Wandsworth Theatre to raise concerns over a planned lap dancing club at the historic venue.
The premises next door to the Town Hall could be turned into a lap dance and striptease club if a licensing application submitted by Agora Entertainment gets the green light.
But the Salvation Army fear that a club of such nature could add to the problem of human trafficking with Major Alan Norton spouting bollox that: there's more slavery now than when Wilberforce was around.
He added: We would like to see a general lightness, goodness and pleasantness and so struggle to see how having a lap dancing club is going to help the borough. It is likely to bring in a darker side of life and while we can't pretend this doesn't
exist, there is no need to invite it in.
Maj Norton said trafficking is a concern and pointed out research that has linked lap dancing clubs with other activities such as prostitution. He has also made a submission against the plans to Wandsworth Council and is encouraging others to do the same.
Should the club be given the green light by the council, the Salvation Army will not be letting the issue "go by", he said.
A pool hall in Eastbourne could become the town's first naked lap dancing venue.
Darren Bush, the new owner of Minnesota Jax in Seaside Road, has asked council bosses to allow naked men and women to perform at his premises.
The venue has also applied for a licence to hold indoor live music events and serve alcohol until 3am every day.
Bush said there was a demand for a fully nude lap dancing club in Eastbourne: The topless dancing we offer gets a lot of attraction and we are very busy. Most lap dancing clubs are fully nude. There are six in Brighton and one in Hastings. The nude
dancing would be on every Saturday.
But Sussex Police thinks the council's licensing committee should reject the application because officers do not want venues staying open later.
Inspector Nick Porter, who is in charge of Eastbourne's night-time economy, said, What must be borne in mind is that the premises will not only be used for pool, pole dancing and
live bands but that a significant operation of the premises is its selling of alcohol. Where there is an increase of patrons, operating hours, or a significant change of use, each or all combined with the supply of alcohol, incidents of crime and disorder
inherently increase. The applicant has not proposed sufficient steps to reassure the authorities that methods will be put in place to account for any predicted increases in crime and disorder.
Minnesota Jax has held topless dancing every Saturday night after being granted a license in July last year. The council's licensing committee was due to be discussing Bush's application on October 31 but the meeting has been postponed.
8th November 2007 The meeting on 31st October was postponed until an unspecified date
Darren Bush, owner of Minnesota Jax has withdrawn his application to turn his Eastbourne business into the town's first naked lap dancing venue.
Borough councillors at a licensing meeting told him to go back to the drawing board, get legal advice and come back with a more detailed application.
Sussex Police opposed the application because officers do not want venues staying open later. Inspector Nick Porter, who is in charge of Eastbourne's night-time economy, said, What must be borne in mind is that the premises will not only be used for
pool, pole dancing and live bands but that a significant operation of the premises is its selling of alcohol. This posed the risk of an increase in crime and disorder. The applicant has not proposed sufficient steps to reassure the authorities that methods
will be put in place to account for any predicted increases in crime and disorder.
In June the council introduced a cumulative impact policy effectively stopping any new bars, pubs and clubs opening in Eastbourne fearing any more would create additional anti-social behaviour.
Nutters have promised to fight plans to open a new strip club in the middle of London's Archway.
If Timzia Limited gets its way the first floor of the Archway Tavern, which is in the centre of the notorious Archway gyratory, will host a table and pole dancing club which will be open all day.
Members of the Better Archway Forum are against the plans. The Highgate Society's delegate on the Better Archway Forum Adrian Betham said: If they sorted out the gyratory system then they wouldn't have to go to extreme measures to get customers in.
Archway nutter Elena Hage said: Having a club that offers pole dancing almost 24 hours a day will attract unpalatable characters, bring further crime into the area and make it unsafe for women at night.
Forum leader Kate Calvert said: "Let's face it, the only way to regenerate an area is to get more people to use it but the people coming to use a pole dancing club will deter others from coming to the area. And anti-social behaviour in the area
Timzia Limited wants to extend the pubs licensing hours so they can serve alcohol from 9am to 5am, with the pub closing an hour later.
A decision on the application is due to be made by Islington Council in November.
Not So Lib Dems
17th October 2007 Not so Liberal Dem councillor Stefan Kasprzyk accepted that pole dancing was perfectly legal, ...BUT... added: I just fear this sort of establishment might give out the wrong signals. For example, what sort
of individuals will this sort of club encourage?
He accepted that the Tavern had the reputation for being one of the best-run venues in the borough. It has a nightclub where there is very little trouble, he said: And I have every sympathy with the Tavern needing to bring in customers
and compete in the world of 24-hour licensing... BUT ...perhaps, they need to think again about this proposal.
The wrong kind of people protest about Archway lap dancing
Based on an article from Islington Tribune see full article
Dozens of protesters are expected to attend a special meeting of Islington Council's licensing committee on today when plans for lap dancing at the Archway
Tavern come up for approval.
The famous old pub, situated on a traffic island opposite Archway Tube station, could introduce lap dancing from 9am to 5am the following day.
Two Hornsey-based GPs with major shares in the Tavern are behind the plans. Their supporters argue that lap, table or pole dancing is now mainstream and "acceptable" entertainment.
The agenda includes protests and petitions from the Highgate Society, the Better Archway Forum and the Islington Community Safety Panel. There are also protests from both Lib Dem and Labour councillors.
Jane Hamilton, an assistant news editor on the Sun, said she frequently has to walk home alone past Archway Tube station. She said: As a woman, I will be terrified of having to pass groups of drunken men and stag parties that a round-the-clock lap
dancing bar will attract.
Labour councillor Janet Burgess said that the committee must throw out the plan. She added: I fear that the council may not use the powers it has or is worried about the cost of an appeal. A pole-dancing club could encourage the wrong kind
of people to visit Archway.
Philip Hollobone (Conservative MP for Kettering) has proposed an new clause to be added to the already huge Criminal Justice
and Immigration Bill. Hollobone, a keen bell-ringer and former investment banker, proposes that paying for sex should be made a criminal offence.
Mr Philip Hollobone - Paying for sexual services (NC8)
To move the following Clause:
(1) A person (A) commits an offence if -
(a) he intentionally obtains for himself the sexual services of another person (B), and
(b) before obtaining those services, he has made or promised payment for those services
to B or third person, or knows that another person has made or promised such a payment.
(2) In this section "payment" means any financial advantage, including the discharge
of an obligation to pay or the provision of goods or services (including sexual
services) gratuitously or at a discount.
(3) A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable on summary conviction,
to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or a fine not exceeding the
statutory maximum or both.
Nutters suggest paying for sex should be a 'serious' sex offence
It doesn't take much thinking to realise that extreme punishments would indeed act as a deterrent. It is much harder to conceive why these women should be so mean minded as to suggest such disproportionately harsh punishments.
A Scottish nutters study of men who buy sex from prostitutes has found most would be deterred if their names were put on the sex offenders register
Preliminary findings from interviews with more than 100 men aged 18-77, who had kerb-crawled, used saunas and illegal brothels for sexual services, found 88% would stop using prostitutes if "named and shamed" on the register, used to identify
anyone cautioned, convicted or released from prison for serious sex offences.
The Glasgow-based Scottish Women's Group, which campaigns to protect women and children, paid the men £20 each to be interviewed after they responded to adverts in newspapers.
They were questioned about circumstances in which they bought sex, their personal relationships, views about women in the sex trade and what they thought were the most effective punishments. It formed part of an international study, including research
into male users in India, Spain and the US.
Researchers found 85% of men would be deterred if their photographs and/or names were displayed on billboards following conviction for kerb-crawling, which became an offence under laws brought into force last week. Some 83% said they would not seek paid
sex if their details were published in local newspapers, and 77% said they same if they were "named and shamed" on the internet.
Researchers found 68% and 69% of men respectively would be deterred by heavier fines, such as those introduced with the new laws, or if their vehicles were impounded.
However, 55% said being forced to attend an educational scheme to learn about the damage prostitution does to women would not stop them.
Jan Macleod, development officer with the Women's Support Project, warned prostitutes face being criminalised if the register was used for kerb-crawlers and other sex users: Naming and shaming men would clearly have a huge impact, but I would not
like to see women put on the register.
The survey was carried out for Dr Melissa Farley of the Prostitution, Research & Education (PRE) group in San Francisco.
Pauline McNeill, Labour's shadow justice secretary, described the research as interesting. She said: The focus must be on encouraging the courts to use the full powers made available to them. I also expect there to be more convictions as a direct
The government is currently consulting focus groups of men who use prostitutes for a campaign. A spokesman said no date had been set for its launch.
The preliminary results of the study will be released at Challenging Demand 2, a conference organised by the Scottish Women's Group on Wednesday in the Teacher Building, St Enoch Square, Glasgow.
Extreme Mean Mindedness
Also on the agenda at the Scottish Government-funded conference, Scottish Women's Support will be launching educational packs about the supposed harm done by the increased availability of extreme pornography on the internet.
Scottish Women's Support believes the increasingly extreme nature of many pornography websites and computer games is affecting what young people see as acceptable behaviour.
Jan McLeod, of Women's Support, said: What is severely lacking is an open and public discussion about the content of pornography.
Comment: Promoting Gender Inequality
Thanks to Alan Re: "Jan Macleod, development officer with the Women's Support Project, warned prostitutes face being criminalised if the register was used for kerb-crawlers and other sex users: Naming and shaming men would
clearly have a huge impact, but I would not like to see women put on the register." Does Macleod really mean this? At face value it seems to mean that a man engaging the services of a prostitute (including gay men with rent boys) would be
guilty of an offence, while women engaging a gigolo wouldn't.
Scotland's largest police force will adopt an aggressive approach to tackling kerb-crawlers after the introduction of new legislation next week which
will leave convicted victims facing hefty fines.
John Neilson, Strathclyde Police's assistant chief constable with responsibility for community safety, told the Sunday Herald his officers would not take a softly-softly approach after receiving new powers in the Prostitution (Public Places) Act on October
His comments came as drugs workers and women's groups expressed fears over the lack of publicity from the Scottish government in the run-up to the legislation, which means anyone caught soliciting sex, or simply loitering in red-light zones, could be fined
up to £1000.
The Sunday Herald has found the four forces affected by the legislation are adopting widely differing approaches to highlighting the new legislation. Local authorities have received £1 million from the government for initiatives. Tayside Police has printed
leaflets which will be handed out to motorists in a residential area of Dundee. Lothian and Borders said there were no immediate plans to repeat the high-profile campaign they carried out in Edinburgh earlier this year. Grampian said there were no plans
for a campaign.
Neilson, spokesman on prostitution for the Association of Chief Police Officers Scotland (Acpos) believes the legislation will be effective.
The act provides an "inference" test, which means the courts will be able to take into account the circumstances in which any accused was found in deciding on their guilt. However, the final decision on the law will be left to individual fiscals
and the police, based on Crown Office and Acpos guidelines.
Although Strathclyde Police are not planning an initial media campaign, Neilson said his force's handling of the new powers would be reviewed after the first three months. He said: I don't think we will have a softly-softly approach. We are not going
to do any high-profile enforcement at this time because that would be disproportionate in terms of people's understanding of the law, but we will be using the legislation.
Tayside Police have printed a leaflet, in four languages, which will be handed out to motorists in known prostitution haunts in a joint initiative with the city council's Antisocial Behaviour Unit. It warns that under the law kerb-crawlers could be made
to sign Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABCs), which would be sent to their homes, and could be given antisocial behaviour orders (Asbos) if persistently caught loitering or kerb-crawling in a particular area.
In addition, £200,000 of government funding will be spent on schemes to help prostitutes escape from the lifestyle.
However, one senior drugs worker who helps prostitutes in Aberdeen has warned that a management zone, in which prostitution has been "tolerated" by the authorities in several city centre streets since 2000, is likely to end.
Senga McDonald, a co-ordinator of the city's Drugs Action team, said: The biggest fear here is the legislation will move the problem, making it less visible and the women less easy to protect. It may take some people off the streets, but women will
go where their clients are, possibly leading to more dangerous practices in places where there is a lack of high-profile policing and CCTV.
Injustice minister Kenny MacAskill said: Working with our local partners, including the police, we are determined to play our part in making it clear to the kerb-crawlers that buying sex on our streets is unacceptable.
A government spokesman said it was planning "direct media publicity" to launch the new legislation and was holding discussions on further publicity with police and local agencies.
Potentially kerb crawlers are serious sex offenders in the making
The police shouldn't waste their time profiling the bleedin' obvious.These are just guys who want to get laid. They see working girls as the most practical short term way of achieving this end.
Thinking of profiles, I wonder if by any chance, this noxious police moralist is a religious nutter? He would certainly fit the profile of those who think they are justified in totally screwing up peoples lives over minor issues of a morality based
Suffolk police today said it was considering building up a detailed profile of the men caught soliciting prostitutes in the red-light district as a way of helping it to catch future offenders.
And the force is looking at making it a requirement for offenders to answer questions about their motives.
The move would represent an extension of the force's crackdown on the men who create a demand for the street sex industry following its early success.
After the force made 100 arrests in the first six months of the new vice crackdown, Chief inspector Bruce Robinson, Ipswich district commander, said there was currently little detailed information about the psychology behind kerb crawling.
When offenders are caught kerb crawling or soliciting a prostitute they are handed a caution and made to sign what is known as an Acceptable Behaviour Contract, which requires them to cease using street prostitutes.
The new measures could see a clause added into those contracts requiring the men to answer questions about their offending, thereby helping police to build up a more detailed picture of the type of men who seek the services of street sex workers.
Robinson said: Potentially they are serious sex offenders in the making. They may say 'well it's just something we do every now and then' but actually we may be building a profile on them as a potential suspect.
Robinson said he was surprised kerb crawlers continued to go out in search of prostitutes in Ipswich despite warnings of the police's zero tolerance stance. However he added that it was thought fewer men were now patrolling the red-light district.
To the dismay of nutters in a Kent village, a struggling pub landlord is employing strippers four nights a week to pull in custom.
Two large blackboards have appeared outside The Harp Inn in East Peckham proclaiming to passers-by: Erotic dancers. Weds, Thurs, Fri and Sat. From 5pm.
But while owner Lee Swainsbury hopes the shows will turn around the fortunes of his pub, nutters are predictably up in arms, claiming it will ruin the reputation of the village.
Reverend Nutter, Anthony Carr, vicar of Holy Trinity Church, has written to the parish council demanding a ban on the shows: This is not the sort of place for this type of activity. The villagers work hard to maintain the right sort of image for this
village and we don't want it spoiled by allowing undesirables into our community. I realise there are pubs in towns and cities who offer this sort of entertainment but it is totally out of place in a quiet country village.
The guardians of morality in East Peckham though appear to have missed their chance to halt the enterprise, as the licence Swainsbury was granted when he bought the pub's 30-year lease in 2005 makes provision for 'adult entertainment'.
Swainsbury said: We tried everything we could think of to bring people through the doors but none of the local residents supported the pub. I had no option but to think of something else. We still run at a loss but my trade has increased so there
is a market for it. I don't want to upset the community but we're a couple with a family and we've got to survive.
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council's chief solicitor Duncan Robinson said of the licence application: The only objections were about parking. Nothing was mentioned with regard to the dancing so we had no alternative but to grant the licence. It
would be near impossible for residents to reverse the decision now.
Nearly five years of lap-dancing at an East Oxford bar are coming to an end.
Bar Baby, in Cowley Road, is undergoing major refurbishment - and when it reopens on October 21, its regular Sunday lap-dancing nights will no longer be part of the programme.
Martin Forde, who runs the bar which is to be renamed Baby Simple, denied the raunchy entertainment was being cancelled due to lack of interest and said it had simply run its course. He said: "I totally enjoy it but I just think it's time to move
Bar Baby was the only establishment in the city to offer adult entertainment of that nature.
When its licence was first granted in November 2002, more than 500 people signed a petition and 75 residents wrote in opposition to the plans.
Among those who objected was Margaret Coombs, She told the Oxford Mail: That's excellent news. I'm very glad it's stopping because I think it's very degrading to women. She admitted concerns over rowdy behaviour from customers and large numbers
of cars parking nearby had not been realised. She said: I can't say that I personally noticed any annoyance in the neighbourhood but we didn't go past there on Sundays. Certainly none of the fears that were expressed that there would be a lot of people
pouring out at night appeared to come to fruition , but I'm delighted that it won't be happening any more.
Update: In Decline?
2nd October 2007
Plans to transform an Edinburgh West End lap dancing bar into a block of upmarket flats have been approved by the council.
Businessman Tommy Diresta is believed to have drawn up the proposals to turn The Fantasy Palace in Shandwick Place into 11 apartments, after being made a number of "substantial" offers for the site.
Emma Thompson will be in Trafalgar Square in London every day next week urging people to visit their local massage parlour to find out for themselves about the sex industry.
The Oscar-winning actress and screenwriter has spent most of the past year working on an art show about sex slavery, which takes over the north terrace of the square for eight days until the end of September. (from noon until 8pm)
She is convinced that police will be able pierce the culture of fear and silence around sex-trafficking gangs only if the public gets involved in bringing out the truth: Get involved and keep your eyes open. Wander into massage parlours and see if
any of the girls speak English. If you live in a quiet suburban street, what's going on with the house on the corner where the curtains are drawn and there are always men wandering in and out?
The show, Journey, dramatises the brutal experience of trafficked women through displays mounted in seven purpose-built transport containers.
Thompson used her profile to secure an interview with Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London. He agreed to mount the show in Trafalgar Square.
The show is in support of the Helen Bamber Foundation, a charity that rehabilitates people who have suffered gross human rights violations.
Anish Kapoor, the Turner Prize-winning artist, and Sandy Powell, the Oscar-winning costume designer, are among the creative talents who have worked on it.
Do you want this going on in your city? If you don't what are you going to do about it? Thompson said. You can't rely on the Government because they are starved of information.
Ministers are considering proposals to prosecute men for buying sex, the Guardian has learned.
Senior members of the government are discussing whether to criminalise the purchase, rather than sale, of sex - as Sweden did eight years ago.
One minister acknowledged the move would be quite a dramatic step , but added: There's no doubt whatsoever it's being talked about. There is increasing awareness among senior ministers, particularly women, that demand for prostitution is
an area which needs to be tackled seriously and hasn't been.
A number of senior women in government - including Jacqui Smith, the home secretary; Patricia Scotland, the attorney general; Vera Baird, solicitor general; and Harriet Harman, leader of the house - are thought to be sympathetic to the calls.
Other proposals being considered include large-scale programmes to name and shame men caught kerbcrawling, which is already illegal. But campaigners believe that only by criminalising clients can they help women working in brothels as well as on the streets
and send out a signal that paying for sex is not acceptable.
Fiona Mactaggart MP, who as a home office minister was in charge of tackling prostitution until last year, said: The criminal justice bill that comes back on the first day [after the parliamentary recess] includes changes to the prostitution strategy.
It would be possible to put into it some amendment which deals with this issue of men who pay for sex, she said.
A Home Office spokeswoman said it had no current plans to criminalise paying for sex. But the Guardian understands that the proposal is being discussed informally with a view to longer-term action.
The government has won praise from unexpected sources for other socially conservative measures recently, ranging from scrapping plans for a supercasino to launching a review of media violence and its impact on children and young people.
Sweden criminalised buying sex but decriminalised selling it eight years ago. Supporters of the scheme say it has slashed the number of brothels and clients and cut the level of sex trafficking into the country to hundreds of women. But some critics have
suggested that women who remain in the sex industry have become more vulnerable as a result of the reforms.
Gordon Brown's ministerial team.
Left to right:
Patriotism & Jingoism,
Fun & Recreation,
Reminding the Government of what Wolfenden said
This month, the government engages in a spasm of self-congratulation on the fiftieth anniversary of the Wolfenden report.
Next month, it proposes:
throwing tarts in the slammer if they don't attend naughty behaviour correction courses
throwing mildly kinky people in the slammer if it doesn't like their choice of videos
and now, it seems, throwing blokes in the slammer if they engage the services of a prostitute.
Maybe, instead of celebrating the Wolfenden report, MPs should read it:
"there must remain a realm of private morality and immorality which is, in brief and crude terms, not the law's business. To say this is not to condone or encourage private immorality."
"the function of the criminal law... is to preserve public order and decency, to protect the citizen from what is offensive or injurious, and to provide sufficient safeguards against exploitation and corruption of others, particularly those who are
specially vulnerable because they are young, weak in body or mind, inexperienced, or in a state of special physical, official or economic dependence".
"It is not, in our view, the function of the law to intervene in the private lives of citizens, or to seek to enforce any particular pattern of behaviour, further than is necessary to carry out the purposes of we have outlined."
Gordon Brown's ministerial team.
Left to right:
Patriotism & Jingoism,
Fun & Recreation,
The repressive thinking behind targeting men paying for sex
Thanks to Donald
This radical left wing feminists in Sweden have for a long time aggressively and untruthfully marketed their law prohibiting the purchase of sexual services with the hope that politicians in other countries will also see the light.
Here are some articles from Sweden written by social workers etc... (It should also be noted that the radical feminists see pornography as camouflaged prostitution)
Lies about sexwork in Sweden
Sexworkers Critique of Swedish Prostitution Policy
An assessment of Gunilla Ekberg's account of Swedish prostitution
policy by: Vincent Clausen.
Gunilla Ekberg's account of Swedish prostitution policy is frequently referred to in debates worldwide, and it is thus forming part of the basis of knowledge upon which strategies and approaches are discussed and constructed. Ekberg frequently draws
conclusions that are directly contradicting or otherwise in conflict with the evidence in the sources used. Ekberg''s article should be seen as a political manifesto, rather than an attempt at accounting for the effects of the prohibition of the purchase
of sexual services
The international anti-prostitution lobby consists of the unholy alliance of the Christian American right and radical left wing feminists from Sweden.
U.S., Sweden Team Up to Fight Sex Trafficking of Women, Girls
The Link Between Prostitution and Sex Trafficking
This article from the Economist is 3 years old (4th Sep 2004) , but we see the result now.
Radical Swedish feminists demand that
street signs are placed in prostitution areas
of Gothenburg to show that it is illegal to
buy sexual services
And yes that is a serious proposal,
just look at their faces
(The sign of the right says "report trafficking")
How Swedish policies influence Britain
Once Scandinavians came with swords; now they come with social policies.
If policies were commodities, Sweden would have a large surplus on its trade balance. This small nation of 9m people has already exported to Britain active labour market policies, a model for universal childcare, and a merged prison and probation service.
A ban on smacking children, pioneered by the Swedes in 1979 and successfully sold to 11 other European countries, was, after a struggle, voted down by the House of Lords in July. None of these policies, though, is being marketed so aggressively as Sweden's
policy of outlawing the purchase of sex.
That Sweden should have developed Europe's toughest prostitution policies is odd, because the country used to be known for its liberal attitude to abortion, co-habitation and sex education. The law was changed in 1999, after ministers became convinced
that the sex trade was upsetting the balance of power between the sexes. As Lise Bergh, state secretary for gender equality, explains: "We have come to see men's purchasing of women as a form of violence. It has nothing to do with sexuality."
There were never many prostitutes in Sweden, thanks mostly to a generous welfare state. Anders Gripenlof, who works with the prostitution group of the Stockholm police, believes that, before 1999, about 250 women regularly sold sex. The new laws criminalise
not them but their clients, 754 of whom had been fined by the end of June 2004. The laws seem to have worked as a deterrent. Mr Gripenlof believes there are now 50-100 prostitutes in Stockholm.
Such successes as there have been delight the Swedes, four-fifths of whom support the change in the law. Not content with having won over domestic consumers, the Swedish government is now self-consciously engaged in a battle for Europe, with the libertarian
Dutch on the other side. It even has a roadshow, which begins with a showing of the film "Lilya 4-Ever", about a trafficked Russian teenager, and proceeds with speeches from ministers, police inspectors and reformed prostitutes. Peculiarly, for
a nation with such firm socialist traditions, the government has also teamed up with the White House to fund anti-prostitution campaigns in Europe. Britain's Home Office is highly impressed by Sweden's focus on the punter, and sees criminalisation as "definitely
an option", according to an insider.
Why are the Swedes so determined to spread the word? Partly it's pragmatism: the sex trade is global, and will disappear only if demand can be curtailed everywhere. Mostly, though, it is pure conviction. Sweden has long been conscious of its distinctive
mission in Europe and proud of its marriage of capitalist freedom and socialist equality. Henrik Tham, a criminologist at the University of Stockholm, notes that Sweden touted its economic policies until the domestic economy ran into difficulties in the
1980s. Since then, it has marketed relatively cheap moral reforms.
Sweden's exports are not all successful. Outlawing drug taking, another modern initiative, has fallen flat. Yet the record is mostly good. At the moment, Swedes are discussing women's quotas for the top levels of corporate management and trying to do something
about what ministers call the "pornogrification" of everyday life--sexy advertisements, thongs being marketed to teenagers, and so on. Such initiatives may seem off-the-wall now, but if they are floated in Britain in a few years' time, don't
So just wait and see and soon page 3 will also be banned...
Operation Pentameter 2 will launch next month, before they launched part one we could read in the media: More than 10,000 women from Eastern Europe, Africa and the Far East have been sold to gangs at auction for an average of £2,500 and forced
into sex slavery in British brothels
This is the result:
During the three-month operational phase, more than 70 potential victims of human trafficking were rescued following law enforcement activity around the country.
70 vs 10.000? so either are the figures vastly exaggerated or the police are incompetent
Churches etc should be banned within 500m of a pub
Decent folk enjoying their socialising should not have to put up with breeding grounds of intolerance. Children surely deserve protection from these nutters who prey on young minds and fill their heads with mean minded nonsense.
Lap dancing clubs could be banned from opening near churches, schools or tourist areas enjoyed by families.
The no-go zones are set to be created under a review of Bournemouth's licensing policies.
Earlier this year, seafront nightclub Jumpin Jaks applied to remove licensing clauses which banned striptease or indecent performances. It has since withdrawn the application.
Cllr Stephen Chappell, chairman of Bournemouth Borough Council's licensing board, said the Jumpin Jaks location - in the Waterfront building - would not be suitable. He said: Where we've got a public concourse with family holiday makers, with children
as well, it's not the right place to have that sort of adult entertainment. The Pier Approach would not be considered an appropriate area and neither would premises in the vicinity of schools, churches and other sensitive venues like that."
Cllr John Trickett, who has previously campaigned against licences for sex shops and adult entertainment premises, said: I feel that Bournemouth should concentrate its marketing on family-orientated pursuits. Anything that detracts from that is a
retrograde step so I would fully support Cllr Chappell. Such a move can only improve Bournemouth.
Terry Sanderson, president of the National Secular Society, said churches should not be given special protection from the policy: If these places are going to go somewhere, somebody's going to be inconvenienced and offended by them and there's no
reason why the church should get special protection from them.
Text messages and emails warning passers-by they are entering an area where clip joints masquerading as sex bars operate are to be sent out under a pioneering new scheme.
Westminster City Council will use Bluetooth technology to send a message about the dangers of Soho's notorious clubs to the owners of mobile phones or BlackBerrys who wander within a 30-metre radius of three venues.
Beware, clip joint!
The warning reads: £5 to get in, £500 to get out. Criminals operate some of the hostess bars in Soho. Don't enter without knowing what you'll get for your money.
Clip joints are a well established Soho scam and Westminster has been campaigning for years to drive them out of the West End.
Customers are lured inside with false promises of "adult entertainment" - only to find a shabby room, no bar and no entertainment.
Beware, clip joint!
Great Windmill Street
They are presented with huge bills for entry and soft drinks and menaced into paying. Those who refuse risk being frog-marched to cash machines.
Westminster's initiative will see the message issued between 500 and 1,000 times per day, targeting the last three remaining clip joints in the area - Twilights in Rupert Street and Illusions and The Soho Cabaret in Great Windmill Street.
A Westminster spokesman said: "It's hard to close them down. They are unregulated and do not need a licence because they do not sell alcohol or provide any entertainment: It's difficult to gather evidence against them because anyone who does
come a cropper is too ashamed to go to the police or council. In the past we have managed to close them down using property laws and health and safety laws. For example, we can shut them down if they don't have proper fire exits. The remaining ones will
go eventually but in the meantime we need to warn people about them.
People will be asked if they want to read the message from the council before it is displayed in full. The technology allows it to be sent out only once to each device. Leaflets warning people about the bars are also regularly distributed in the area by
Morecombe's only lap dancing bar has been forced to close after failing to pull in the punters.
The Office on the promenade's lease is up for sale less than 18 months after the club first opened with an upstairs bar where naked women danced for paying customers.
Alan Crookall, leaseholder of The Office, decided to cut his losses after custom dwindled away: It was a gamble that didn't work. The girls made money but there weren't enough customers coming through the doors to pay the bills.
The bar proved popular at first. But the business began to struggle, even when admission charges were reduced to nothing: We had some regular customers who enjoyed coming in but not enough .
Based on an article from This Is Lancashire see
Blackpool's council leader, Peter Callow has "put the wheels in motion" to limit lap dancing establishments in the town, in the same way sex shops are controlled.
Only last month councillors voted to limit sex shops to two, but they have become increasingly concerned at the number of lap dancing bars in the town centre.
Coun Callow said: There seems to have been a proliferation of lap dancing clubs. I think there are 13 now in Blackpool and it's something we're determined to look at. When we came to power our brief was to clean up the town's image and promote
it as a family resort again. I'm not trying to be a killjoy and scrap these bars all together, ...BUT... we have three or four times the number our coastal rivals have and families shouldn't be subjected to such sights.
The council will assure current lap dancing bar operators that it will not be taking licences away from premises, and will allow legitimate businesses to continue trading. But the proposals would see no more licences handed out for new lap dancing bars
and, over time, a reduction in the number if licences were not renewed.
Coun Ivan Taylor, the leader of the Labour group in town, backed Coun Callow's proposal, saying: Anything that helps control things like this is obviously worth looking at, we need to get a balance somewhere between fun and sensibility. I'm not sure
whether it is possible though, the sex shops may be covered by different legislation, so it's something that will need looking at.
Update: Killjoys to Legislate
7th October 2007
Coun Peter Callow, leader of the council, said: It came to my attention soon after I became leader there were no licensing laws which could limit the number of these adult establishments. We had powers with regards to sex shops but not lap
Attempts had been made in the past to give licensing authorities control over adult entertainment but this failed.
So the council has now set about creating groundbreaking legislation on the basis that tourism is being harmed by either the density or quantity of adult entertainment in the town centre and promenade.
We believe we are the first council to take this stance which is testimony to our determination to clean up the town. [Actually Brighton started along this path recently and Glasgow have been banging about this idea for ages]
Update: More Lap Dancing Approved
4th December 2007
An application for a lap dancing bar, situated at the junction of Talbot Square and Market Street, was granted planning permission. Opposition opinions were dismissed when they were judged to be irrelevant to planning issues.
The club was granted planning permission despite a statement by council leader, Coun Peter Callow earlier this year that no more lap-dancing bars would be allowed to open in the resort.
A government website aimed at helping people find work has been condemned for advertising escort jobs.
Jobcentre Plus is part of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and its website offers several personal escort positions around the country.
A DWP spokeswoman said a court ruling meant it could not refuse the adverts.
But Frances Broderick, from women's group Eaves, told Channel 4 news that the adverts were clearly helping women into prostitution . I'm shocked that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are even advertising this as an opportunity.
It's clearly not a suitable career choice for the DWP to be promoting.
Nutter MP Fiona MacTaggart, a former junior Home Office minister, told the programme: At the moment, it's quite legal to buy or sell sexual services and I think maybe the time has come to tackle that, to actually change the law... to make it illegal
to buy sex.
But the adverts cannot be banned by the website following a court ruling four years ago in a case brought by the sex toy and lingerie chain Ann Summers.
A DWP spokesman said: The High Court over-turned Jobcentre Plus's policy which did not accept certain types of adverts connected with the sex and personal service industries. He added there were safeguards in place to ensure customers were fully
aware of the nature of the jobs and no benefit sanctions would occur if they did not apply for such vacancies.
The government was last night accused of turning the clock back 25 years by introducing a law that will allow courts to imprison prostitutes who are arrested for soliciting. The move has provoked the fury of women's support groups, who say the move
will do nothing to address the root causes of the illicit trade in sex.
The landmark 1982 Criminal Justice Act removed the power of courts to jail prostitutes for soliciting, replacing the threat of custodial sentences with fines. But the new Criminal Justice and Immigration bill, which will be debated in parliament in October,
gives magistrates powers to detain soliciting prostitutes in prison for up to three days on remand if they fail to attend mandatory counselling sessions and ignore court orders.
It's a new way to lock women up for consenting to sex; it's just appalling, said Nina Lopez, spokeswoman for the English Collective of Prostitutes. You can't force women into rehabilitation.
Under the law, prostitutes caught soliciting can be ordered to attend three meetings with a court-appointed expert to discuss 'ending their involvement' with prostitution. Magistrates will be able to summon those who fail to attend the sessions before
a court. Those who do not obey the summons can be arrested and imprisoned for up to 72 hours.
Given the chaotic nature of most prostitutes' lives, experts said it was likely that many will not attend meetings and end up in prison as a result.
This is yet another example of the state's wish to exert moral disapproval of prostitution while recognising that it will not go away, said Harry Fletcher, assistant general-secretary of the probation officers' union, Napo: The threat of
custody is extremely punitive.
A Newcastle lap dancing venue will be called Officer's Deck and will be sited above Utopian's Navy Club, the new name for @Home bar.
The lap-dance club is expected to open in a month's time and will be the fourth in the city - the other three are owned by Ladhar Group.
The lap-dance club was given the go-ahead despite a 2,000 signature of opposition, signed by the Bishop of Newcastle.
Officer's Deck will not open until 7.30pm on a Sunday evening, half an hour after the end of evensong at nearby St Nicholas Church.
Clergy from St Nicholas Church said: The licensing sub-committee took careful account of all the evidence presented, but decided that our objections could not be sustained under the Council's Licensing Rules.
The Cathedral community still feels considerable concern about the effects this establishment will have on the safety and well-being of the many children who visit our cathedral – more than 18,000 in the last twelve months. Time will tell whether this
concern is well-founded.
From The Sun see full article
ITV Wednesday 15th August at 9pm
Ann Widdecombe will tackle the sex trade when she steps onto the frontline for her new TV show on ITV1.
The Tory MP made an impression on TV bosses with her appearance on Sir Trevor McDonald's Tonight show , where she looked at the problem of anti-social behaviour, patrolling a London estate blighted by crime.
So much so, that she has been given a three-part series in which she tackles some of the country's key issues.
In the first programme, Ann Widdecombe Versus the Sex Trade , she confronts prostitutes, pimps and clients as she sets her sights on the world of vice.
Ann investigates how effective the law is in dealing with the problem and whether legalisation is a viable solution for the sex industry.
Ann said: Prostitution disgusts me. I can't for the life of me understand why any woman would resort to selling sex and why any man would resort to buying it.
In this first of a short series in which the Conservative backbencher tackles our most pressing social ills, Widdecombe set off to confront working girls in areas of Peterborough, Southampton and Manchester.
The result was hardly what you'd call thrusting journalism. Widdecombe approached her targets as if they were creatures from another planet, and took offence when they gave her and the camera crew short shrift. When one girl asked for money in return for
an interview, Widdecombe sniffily wondered what else she might want paying for.
Widdecombe's biggest problem, though, was that she had no solutions to offer. She expressed concern for the safety of street prostitutes, yet wouldn't have any truck with the legalisation of brothels. She spoke sympathetically about the degradation of
drug addiction – yet seemed to think slaves to heroin and crack could simply wake up and throw off their dependency along with their sheets.
Even her attempt to reform the one girl she managed to gain the confidence of was bizarre – bringing in the mother of a murdered prostitute to administer a short sharp shock, then abandoning the young woman to her fate. Widdecombe seemed genuinely surprised
to find the girl back on the streets a week or so later. How pointless was that?
Councillors spout bollox about lap dancing in Brighton
For background, Pool Valley coach station is the back end of an old cinema. It is, and has always been, an eyesore. If Brighton Council care so much about first impressions they would have redeveloped it years ago.
Another lap-dancing club looks likely to open in central Brighton. Spearmint Rhino is already slated to open in East Street as Rocco Mana in the autumn.
For Your Eyes Only has applied to transform the Kooklub in Pool Valley into a new venue called FYEO which would open until 4am.
The coach station in Pool Valley is part of a £350,000 redevelopment to spruce up the area. Nutter oncerns have been raised that a strip club could be tourists' first glimpse of Brighton's historic centre.
The news comes as Brighton and Hove City Council pressed ahead with plans to create legislation to stop the proliferation of strip clubs.
Plans for The Rocco Mana in East Street - were approved by magistrates last year, overturning the council's initial rejection. Magistrates ruled that police could not establish the link between strip clubs and disorder and threw out the council's decision
not to grant the Spearmint Rhino-linked venue a licence.
Councillors now want to close the loophole with a Private Member's Bill which would allow organisations outside Parliament such as councils to gain powers not available under general law. Labour councillors had raised fears that a report to the policy
and resources committee would lead to the Bill not being introduced into Parliament until November 2008, but at the meeting on Thursday all parties backed an amendment to aim for later this year.
Vanessa Brown, deputy chairman of the policy and resources committee, said a strip club next to the coach station would be bad for the city. She said: We are seeking new powers that will allow us much greater scope to prevent pole and lap-dancing
clubs being sited in inappropriate locations, in the same way that we can control the licensing of sex shops and adult cinemas. Whether we get these powers locally, or whether we lobby for a national change in law, it's time that Brighton and Hove had
the power to say no to more sex establishments in the city.
Councillor Jeane Lepper, (Wife of the dangerous pictures, campaigner David) who began work on the Bill before the election, said: We need to make sure that we do not have a concentration of these venues in an area because we do not want a red-light
[Of course giving councillors powers as requested will surely lead to corruption as it so tempting to use such powers to impose personal morality on others].
A bid to open Durham City's first table dancing club has attracted 44 nutter objections, including one from the police.
Vimac leisure, with chief executive Paul Mackings is seeking a licence for The Loft, one of two venues it operates in North Road.
The South Tyneside-based company says in its application to Durham City Council's licensing department that it will be a "high class table dancing club'', which will include pole dancing and lap dancing for the over-18s.
The deadline for comments and objections passed on Thursday and the application will be heard by the council's licensing committee on Wednesday, August 8.
The premises would be open from 11am until the early hours and Sergeant Tim Robson, licensing officer for North Durham, said there was concern that hen and stag parties could visit the club during the day.
He added that there was concern about the numbers of people dispersing at closing in North Road, which is a main thoroughfare and home to other bars, the city's bus station and taxi ranks.
The Loft lap dancing club will open in Durham City within weeks despite more than 50 objections.
Durham City Council's licensing committee approved the application from Vimac Leisure for its Loft premises in North Road after a marathon five-hour meeting.
Committee chairwoman Coun Maureen Smith refused to disclose the committee's split, but it is understood the proposal was passed on her casting vote.
Boldon-based Vimac had wanted to open for lap dancing seven days a week, but will only be allowed to offer performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The premises can serve alcoholic drink until 2am from Monday to Saturday, but must close at 30 minutes after midnight on Sunday.
Durham Police, who objected to the proposal on the grounds it could increase the fear of crime among young women, said it was disappointed with the result, but would now work with Vimac to insure the club was run in an orderly manner.
Update: MP told to read own laws
16th August 2007
An MP accused councillors who voted in favour of a controversial lap-dancing club of letting local people down yesterday.
But Labour MP Roberta Blackman-Woods was told by one prominent politician to: go back and read up on her own government's licensing laws.
Carol Woods, deputy council leader, continued: The committee had no legal grounds to reject the application. Had it done so, the applicants would have appealed and we would have lost the appeal.
Update: Appealing to Magistrates
21st September 2007
Nutters have set up a public meeting to challenge Durham County Council's decision to grant permission for a lap dancing club in Durham's city centre.
The meeting to contest the license, given to Vimac Leisure's The Loft will be held at St Nicholas' Church, Durham Market Place, at 7.30 on September 19.
Nutters said the location was inappropriate because it is too close to homes, the hospital and churches and Durham Cathedral.
In turn, Vimac has objected to the conditions imposed on the club by the licensing panel which limits the entertainment to Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and bans the company from advertising.
Magistrates will hear both appeals at a preliminary hearing on Monday, September 24.
Update: Appeal On
1st October 2007
Durham Magistrates' Court agreed details for their case to be heard by an appeals panel, which will start in December and is expected to last three days.
Myrna Bushell who won a seat on Bideford council in Devon for the Liberal Democrats, has certainly ensured that she has a life outside politics.
She advertises herself as a Jessica - Kissogram, Stripogram & Stripper Entertainer on a website. She appears on websites offering an £85 kissogram, among other services, and boasting that her "costume specialities" include bride,
French maid, sexy biker, headmistress and witch. One website adds: "Jessica is especially suited for stag days … office leavings, surprises."
While such activities may broaden the party's appeal to some voters, they have failed to impress three of her nutter council colleagues.
Tony Inch, his brother Simon and deputy mayor Caroline Church have quit the Lib Dems in protest and will now sit on the council as independents.
Bushell has defended running a £1.50-per-minute sex line from her home: The reason I do them is to pay my bills and be able to spend quality time with my family. It's not incompatible with being an elected councillor and it's not illegal.
Church said the resignations were not about personal issues. In a joint statement, the three said: We believe that our integrity and principles will be compromised if we stay.
George McLauchlan, the council clerk, said Bushell had not breached the councillors' code of conduct because her business activities do not impinge on her duties as a councillor.
The government will ensure that the fathers, brothers and husbands who have sex with trafficked girls are prosecuted, Harriet Harman vowed.
The women's minister and leader of the Commons said tackling violence against women and improving the way female criminals are treated would be among her priorities, and she singled out the "modern-day slave trade".
Reading out adverts from a local paper which promised new Polish girls ... Romanian ladies ... beautiful girls daily, all nationals , Harman warned: Britain is a major focus for the global trade of sexual exploitation of women by traffickers
who trick or abduct young women and force them into prostitution. We need a consensus on how we should be dealing with the demand side - the fathers, brothers and husbands reading these words and fuelling ... global exploitation.
According to the government, 85% of women in brothels now come from outside the UK, while 10 years ago, 85% were British. But although about 30 men have been prosecuted for trafficking women into Britain to work as prostitutes, no men have yet been prosecuted
for paying for sex with women or girls forced into the sex trade.
A Bid to open a lapdancing club in Aberdeen has been rejected by councillors.
Businesses and groups opposing the Bridge Street club claimed it could lead to an increase in prostitution and to scantily-clad dancers smoking in the street. Nearby businesses - including existing lap-dancing club Angels - and private individuals objected.
Police also opposed the club, fearing the "over-provision of premises with entertainment licences" in the area could lead to higher crime rates.
Aberdeen City Council's licensing board rejected the application from Private Dancer Ltd for an entertainment licence for 30 Bridge Street.
The company's Tony Cochrane said he would seek legal advice.
Update: 2nd Time Lucky
Entrepreneur Tony Cochrane got the go-ahead from city councillors for the venture at 30 Bridge Street at the second attempt.
This time councillor Willie Young proposed the club should be approved, and was backed by councillors George Penny, Richard Robertson and Jim Hunter.
Cochrane said: The area might be a problem but my clubs are well-run. I'm delighted to finally get the go-ahead and hope to open in November.
After nearly 200 years the stigmatising legal term "common prostitute" which dates back to the 1824 Vagrancy Act is to be removed from the statute book, under a package of criminal justice reforms unveiled yesterday.
The shake-up in the sex offences laws will also see women who are persistently involved in prostitution facing compulsory drug and alcohol rehabilitation courses on pain of 72 hours' detention if they fail to attend.
The compulsory rehab courses will apply to those who are convicted of loitering or soliciting for the purpose of prostitution and will be imposed instead of a fine. Offenders will have to attend at least three meetings of the rehab course or face arrest
and detention of up to 72 hours and being brought before a court.
It will no longer be an offence to loiter, or solicit, for the purposes of prostitution unless a person does so persistently. Persistent is defined as loitering on "two or more occasions in any three-month period". Even those convicted of persistent
loitering will no longer face a fine or other penalty, but could be forced to meet a supervisor in an effort to rehabilitate them.
A spokesman for the Injustice Ministry said last night: The law is not being relaxed. It is defining what the term persistent means. In most cases people are not currently prosecuted until they have received at least two cautions.
The decision to remove the term "common prostitute" from the statute book follows a consultation which showed the term was widely regarded as stigmatising and offensive.
As Tony Blair prepares to depart from Number 10 tomorrow, we here at LoveHoney sincerely hope he isn't planning a trip to a desert island any time soon. ... The outgoing Prime Minister has suffered a final humiliating defeat in the polls - and this
time he's bottomed out against a dildo.
A resounding 33% of the 800 voters in the LoveHoney Desert Island Fantasy poll voted Tony as the man they'd least like to be stranded on a desert island with. Meanwhile, a vibrator with limitless batteries was voted as one of the top castaway companions.
We can't be sure whether the vibrator's victory over Tony Blair is political, social, or sexual - but the message to Blair on his final day is clear -"Make Love Not War!"
Proctor & Gamble have taken umbrage at electric toothbrush sex toys sold at Love Honey.
Or, to be more precise, they've taken umbrage at a picture showing the Brush Bunny Electric Toothbrush Rabbit Vibrator positioned a-top an Oral B electric toothbrush. Shocking.
But that's not all. They also didn't much like it when Love Honey said that the Tingle Tip electric toothbrush vibrator fits directly on to your Oral B electric toothbrush.
Surely a statement of fact that the Tingle Tip does indeed fit directly on to your Oral B toothbrush, or any other electric toothbrush for that matter.
But P&G's lawyers, D Young & Co, weren't having any of it: Our client's trade marks should not be used to promote and sell third party products nor indeed should they be promoted by third parties for any purpose other than that for which they
were intended. Improper use of the trade marks BRAUN and Oral B in this manner is misleading to the public and could potentially result in injury.
Plans for a lap dancing bar in Manchester's Gay Village have been opposed by residents - because they fear it will bring down the neighbourhood.
Licensing bosses have been asked to approve the opening of the Red Leopard bar, on Princess Street.
A decision will be made later this month, but residents - along with bar and club owners in the Village Business Association - say they are opposed to the plans.
Spokesman Phil Burke said: We are concerned that this is the wrong place for a venue of this type. We believe it will attract the wrong sort of people to the Village.
The company behind the application said concerns about the venue were misplaced.
Stewart Dixon, one of the directors of Kayote Group Ltd, said the club would be fitted with soundproofing to ensure it did not disturb residents.
He said the reason the company wanted to set the club up in Princess Street was because it is considered an "adult entertainment" area and said he did not believe there would be a problem with it being on the fringes of what is known as the
I didn't realise there were distinctions. It would be very wrong for us to say, 'this is a heterosexual area we would not be prepared to accept a gay bar', so I don't think it should work the other way around.
A decision on the licensing application is to take place at Manchester Town Hall on June 26.
A Rugby lap dancing bar has had its licence taken away for two months because its dancers were 'too provocative'.
The decision has angered the owner of Pink gentlemen's club, Michael Hill, who claims his venue has been victimised.
The Rugby Borough Council's Licensing Sub-Committee passed the decision after hearing clear and serious safety breaches at the club, following police visits to the Gas Street venue.
Officers from Rugby Police and Fire Station reported evidence including locked fire doors, unmanaged CCTV systems and near naked dancers simulating sex acts with customers.
A CCTV system at the 100-strong capacity venue was incorrectly managed and doorstaff were not present, it was found.
Sergeant Kate Jackson, of Rugby Police, said: There were many issues brought together which caused grave concerns for public safety in terms of crime and disorder. The management were clearly not taking their safety responsibilities seriously enough.
I'm satisfied from a public safety view with this decision.
Mr. Hill said a £3,000 alarm system was now being introduced at the club. Security had been upgraded and clothing was now worn by dancers during performances in the main club area.
Cllr. Hazel Bell, who chaired the committee, said she was 'impressed' with Mr. Hill's willingness to rectify the problems. However, she said the club must now 'get on with the work' needed to improve safety conditions.
New powers which allow regulators to impose unlimited fines on traders have been proposed by the Government.
The Cabinet Office will launch a consultation on the idea as part of a package of measures that are supposedly designed to reduce red tape whilst increasing penalties for repeat offenders.
The business community is said to be broadly supportive, although there are concerns over individual proposals like the wider use of on-the-spot fines.
The British Retail Consortium has nicknamed these fines, which can be set at up to £5,000, the "new parking ticket". It fears that, instead of concentrating on rogue traders, local authority inspectors will look for easy targets, like businesses
that make an honest mistake.
The draft Bill, called the Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill, is based on the recommendations of Richard Macrory, a barrister and professor of environmental law at University College London, who was asked to conduct a review by Gordon Brown.
Business groups were particularly concerned that small firms would not have the financial resources to challenge a penalty if they felt it was unfair.
Prof Macrory said the benefits of a wider range of penalties outweighed these concerns: These proposals are not about making it easier to penalise businesses but to create a system of sanctions that is more responsive and proportionate to the nature
of the non-compliance. Criminal prosecution should be reserved for serious breaches of regulatory obligations such as cases of deliberate, reckless or repeated non-compliance.
The Government hopes the draft Bill, called the Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill, will become law by the end of the year.
To regulate the regulators, the Cabinet Office is also proposing a new statutory code of practice based on the idea that inspectors' actions should be proportionate and risk-based.
The Home Office and police are launching an advertising campaign designed to reduce kerb-crawling and prostitution on the UK's streets.
The adverts, to be played on local radio stations, will warn kerb-crawlers they face arrest and a £1,000 fine.
The six-week campaign is launched this week in London, Middlesbrough, Peterborough, Southampton, Bristol, Bournemouth and Leeds.
The government hopes that by reducing demand for prostitutes it will challenge the existence of street sex markets.
Home Office Moralist Vernon Coaker said: Local communities are fed-up with street prostitution - the sexual activity taking place in their parks and playgrounds, condoms and discarded needles littering the streets and innocent women mistakenly targeted
and abused by men on the prowl.
This campaign sends a stark warning to them that the price they pay could be more than just financial - it could cost them their livelihood and family.
The campaign warns kerb-crawlers face arrest, a court appearance, warning letters to their home, a £1,000 fine and a driving ban. It also stresses they could bring shame to family, friends and employers.
A spokeswoman for the English Collective of Prostitutes, which calls for the decriminalisation of prostitution, said the campaign risked driving prostitutes underground.
He said: "We have seen the impact of draconian crackdowns like this in Ipswich, where women have been driven further underground into unfamiliar, less well-lit areas where they are more vulnerable to attack.
Hen nights and the rugby club's Christmas party may never be the same again.
According to leading figures in Scotland's licensed trade, regulations which will govern the adult entertainment industry will be painted with such a broad brush that strip-o-grams, and possibly even kiss-o-grams, could be severely affected.
Only premises with separate toilet and changing rooms and CCTV coverage would be fit to host such performances. Despite their popularity the lack of suitable venues could see strip-o-grams become a thing of the past.
Although they have yet to be finally agreed, the Scottish Executive's guidelines on adult entertainment released last year are not expected to change in any significant way.
Targeted primarily at lap and pole dancing clubs, as well as dedicated strip joints, the regulations define adult entertainment as that performed live for an audience, under commercial arrangement, and by a person whose actions are erotic or explicitly
The proposals to govern the trade include ensuring dancers are 18 and over, that the public cannot participate or touch the performers, private booths are removed, CCTV cameras covering the entire area are to the satisfaction of the chief constable and
that separate toilets and changing facilities need to be provided exclusively for the performers.
Sources have told The Herald that in dialogue with the executive officials have claimed that strip-o-grams would, in all likelihood, be swallowed up in the new guidelines.
Shrewsbury could soon have its first lap and pole dancing club, it was revealed today. The club would also offer half-naked and nude table dances and private performances.
The venue, described by applicants Gemini Games Ltd as a "gentleman's club", would be in Castle Gates. The Castle Club would occupy the first and second floors of Central Hall, which is currently the Shropshire Business Centre.
Managing director of the Wellington-based firm, Stuart Evans said there were "many positive attributes" to the plans. Evans said he realised such clubs are ill thought of on moral grounds.
Fully-naked performances will only take place in a private VIP area at the end of a performance, the rest of the time female dancers will wear a G-string and male dancers will wear a pouch.
The plans for the site have been submitted to Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council.
Planning services manager Geoff Harrison said: The application has only just started its process. It also needs a licence as well as planning permission. It will probably go to committee at the end of April.
Corrupted by religious nonsense about sex in Shrewsbury
Based on an article from Shropshire Star
A Shrewsbury nutter priest claims the opening of an exotic dancing club and more sex shops in Shrewsbury will lead to prostitutes openly walking the town's streets.
Reverend David Uffindell said "young and weak adults" would be corrupted if borough council chiefs allowed the sale of explicit R-18 DVDs at more shops and semi-naked lap dancing at a proposed new town centre club.
The non-stipendiary priest said sex was a "gift from God" and should not be used to make money.
He said he was appalled at a new application by the owners of S X Warehouse, in Harlescott, to sell R-18 films.
Uffindell also said he was outraged by the application to open an exotic dancing club on Castle Gates: I s there no end to the degradation of our society? Do we really want the possibility of nude shows and sexually arousing pole dancing in our town?
Society may grumble all it wants about our prisons being full, but are we encouraging people to deviate from a reasonable and moral way of living?
He added: Where is the end? I feel in Shrewsbury we are going to have prostitutes walking openly in the streets like they do in bigger towns. We are rapidly descending to a country where the minority are cow-towed to by the majority for fear of being
seen as racist, or even religious.
Shrewsbury's first lap and pole dancing club looks set to go ahead after the plans were recommended for approval.
Gemini Games Ltd's plan for the "upmarket gentleman's club" has attracted objections from Shrewsbury Town Centre Residents' Association, which claims it is "inappropriate and undesirable". Six members of the public have also objected to the club on "moral
But borough council planning officers today recommended that the club is allowed to open. A final decision will be made by councillors next Tuesday.
In a report to the authority's development control committee, planning officers said: "It is clear in planning law that moral reasons for opposing development are not planning objections.
Officers are recommending the club's opening hours are limited to 6pm to 2am, Monday to Thursday, and from 6pm to 3.30am on Fridays and Saturdays. They also want the club's windows to be blanked out.
If granted planning permission, the club would still require a premise licence for the performance of adult entertainment dancing.
The owner of a firm bidding to open Shrewsbury's first lap dancing club today vowed to fight on after councillors rejected the venue.
Shrewsbury & Atcham Borough Council refused the application on Tuesday, arguing the site was supposedly unsuitable and would increase fear of crime.
Members of the development control committee went against officer recommendations and threw out plans for the dancing venue.
Jem Symmonds, Gemini owner, today said he was intending to challenge the decision: We are planning an appeal. We didn't see any reason whatsoever for the refusal and we intend to pursue it. We are considering our options, but we were bemused by the
At this week's meeting, an "unacceptable" increase in the fear of crime, potential problems with customers queueing near other bars and noise were given as the reasons for refusal.
Gemini Games Ltd says an appeal could be lodged by the end of the month to open an exotic club in Castle Gates.
Update: Gemini Games is Appealing
Gemini Games Ltd is appealing against the borough council's decision not to grant it planning permission for its lap dancing club, it has emerged.
The company said it was "optimistic" it would win its fight to open a new club near the station.
An appeal is likely to be heard in August.
Update: Wellington Wins
16th August 2007
The doors to Shropshire's first lap dancing club are to open next week. Managers say Midnights in Wellington will be aimed at a more upmarket clientele. The club will open next Saturday night and will open from Wednesdays through to Saturdays.
Midnights spokesman Dale Lloyd said the "exotic" dance club, which is based in the former Fusion nightclub building, was the first of its kind for Shropshire.
Two lapdancing clubs have been given permission for their girls to appear totally naked.
Ken McGrath, who runs Top Totty and the Pussycat Club in Brighton and Hove, has been awarded full-nudity licences by Brighton and Hove City Council for the venues.
Now the club boss has said his dancers will bare all from April 28.
The application for the Pussycat Club in Church Road, Hove, went through the council's licencing committee automatically because there were no public objections to the request. But councillors approved the licence for Top Totty in Grand Parade, Brighton,
yesterday despite a hotel next door raising concerns about the plans.
The Brighton Royal Hotel was worried about noise coming from the club with doors slamming and loud music. It also felt men could be more riotous in the street if they had seen a completely nude performance.
The council approved Top Totty's full nudity licence on condition it does not open on Sundays, does not hold karaoke and a juke box is not installed.
He said Grace's, in North Street, Brighton, was doing fully naked shows and the decision of the management there had forced him to pay his dancers to strip completely as well: If stag parties are faced with the choice of going to a topless club or
a nude club, they are inevitably going to chose to go to a nude club. We couldn't remain the only topless bars in Brighton.
Table dancing and pole dancing will be on offer in Devizes at a new nightclub in the former Rising Sun pub. The pub's lease has been bought by Andy Waters who is renaming the premises, Connections.
By day it will be a pub but in the evenings it will become a nightclub.
Waters said: Connections will be based on Stringfellows nightclub. It's going to be a good experience for Devizes. There will be a bit of table dancing and there might be the odd pole around. It will not be a full-time thing.
He said: I don't think it will be a bad thing. Swindon has got it along with lots of major towns. It will be done in the best possible taste and I can't see any harm in it. Devizes is a growing town and it's got some smashing pubs. I like the town
but thought there was something lacking and thought it could do with another nightclub.
A policy on lap-dancing clubs may be drawn up by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.
Members of the council's licensing committee voted unanimously to direct its policy committee to look into the issue.
The move comes after traders in Weymouth town centre attacked a plan to introduce a second lap-dancing establishment to the seaside resort.
Town centre nightclub Dusk has applied to the council to turn the second floor of its premises into a lap-dancing club.If the club's application gets the go-ahead it would be the second club of its kind to open in Weymouth after Goldfingers in New Street,
which has been operating for more than five years.
Town centre group chairman George Afedakis is among those opposed to the opening of a new lap-dancing club in Weymouth. He says the establishment would not fit with the town's family-friendly image and could encourage an increase in town centre trouble.
Afedakis continued staring into the ludicrous: And the audacity of proposing this club on the seafront - where the Townscape Heritage project and Pavilion development both aim to give a new upmarket appearance - goes beyond belief. Afedakis
believes troublemakers might wait outside the club for the dancers to finish work. He said: The girls that work in the club will need bodyguards to protect them.
Lap dancing has been given the go-ahead at Weymouth's Dusk nightclub. It is the second lap dancing licence to be granted in the town.
The licensing committee of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council approved the application at yesterday's meeting.
Councillors and council officers voted in favour of varying Dusk's premises licence so it could offer the entertainment to its customers.
Chairman of the licensing committee Councillor Hazel Bruce said the application was granted as a result of several extra conditions offered by Dusk following a mediation meeting.
The nightclub has promised that one door supervisor will be present on the second floor during each performance of dance, and lap dancing will only take place between 9pm and 4am daily. There will be no advertising outside the premises or visible from
inside, and no leafleting will take place before 9pm. A final condition was that the flat on the top floor of the club would be used as a changing room and rest area for the dancers.
Previously the club had offered conditions such as prohibiting physical contact between the customers and dancers, and banning audience participation, and the committee decided these must still apply.
Dusk representative Eric Windsor of Dorset Licensing said Dusk would remain primarily a nightclub and the concept was just to utilise one small room for stag and hen nights and birthday parties. He said the room would only accommodate six or eight people
at a time.
Coun Bruce said anyone aggrieved by the decision had 21 days to appeal to the magistrates court.
Erotic dancers could soon be performing at Club Sky in Ware.
The owners of the popular nightspot, in Amwell End, are planning to introduce 'adult entertainment'.
The plans came to light after the club applied to East Herts Council to change its premises licence so that doors can stay open from 10am until 3am on Fridays, Saturdays and bank holidays. It is currently allowed to open from 10am-2am from Monday-Saturday.
Ware Town Council has objected to the application and neighbouring householders expressed concern this week.
Nutter and churchgoer, Julie Pope, said: This is not the place to run a strip, lap dancing and table dancing club. It's going to bring in gangs of men for stag evenings. We can't have that sort of thing in the town. It's unspeakable.
Morally, this is wrong. If they want to do something like this they should do it in London, not in a lovely market town like Ware.
A council spokesman said the club currently has a licence for performance of dance, which already covers it for adult entertainment such as stripping, lap dancing and table dancing. He explained that outside London, licensed premises do not need a licence
for adult entertainment.
The club has now withdrawn application for an extension to opening hours
A new lap dancing club will open in Huddersfield this week. Wildcats has taken over the former USB Bar at Kirkgate.
It becomes Huddersfield's third lap dancing club. The other two are Centrefolds at Folly Hall and La Salsa, at Beast Market.
Wildcats owner Matthew Haycox has spent £250,000 renovating the building to allow the club to cater for 400 customers, who will be entertained by his 30 dancers.
The club will open from 9pm to 2am from Sunday to Thursday and from 9pm to 4am on Fridays and Saturdays.
Haycox said: We want to change the face of lap dancing and offer the perfect alternative late night club that will appeal to both men and women. It's not just a place for lads and stag dos - we are now seeing more groups of girls and couples who are
craving something different from their night out.
He said: We are excited about opening the club in Huddersfield and hope to position it as the most chic and exclusive venue in town.
Government policy on the legalisation of prostitution will not change in the near future, the group behind Ipswich's new sex trade strategy said today.
In formulating the town's plan to completely remove prostitution from all parts of the town, the agencies involved wrote to the Home Office to ask if there were plans to consider legalising the trade as has happened in some other European countries.
But the Home Office's reply was that there would be no change and prostitution would remain illegal in the UK.
Simon Aalders, co-ordinator of the Suffolk Drug and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT), which was central to the creation of the new strategy, said: We did have a conversation with the Home Office about policy change. They were very clear there was no policy
change in the offing.
The agencies behind the strategy have opted to use every available power against the men who create a demand for a street sex industry while taking a softer approach toward the women themselves - encouraging them to make use of the services available to
them rather than threatening them with jail at the first opportunity.
Spearmint Rhino has won its High Court appeal against a ruling that it has to pay VAT on the earnings of its dancers.
It means that the lap dancers must pay VAT themselves, although they only have to be VAT registered if they earn more than £60,000 per year.
David Milne QC representing Spearmint Rhino argued that the club should not pay because it was the dancer and not the club that provided the services. Self-employed dancers pay to use its facilities and are paid by the clients.
A statement from HM Revenue and Customs said, HMRC will consider the High Court's decision carefully before deciding what further action to take, including whether to appeal.
The original ruling was made on the basis that the dancers were the agents of Spearmint Rhino because of the degree of control the club has over them through their Dance Performance Licences.
The licence requires the dancers to try to maximise sales and entertainment; they have to pay damages to the club if they miss a session that they have booked. They are also subject to a code of conduct governing their contact with the clients.
Police and council chiefs in Ipswich are planning the biggest ever crackdown on prostitution in the wake of December's five vice-girl killings.
A major strategy aimed at ridding the town of its red light district is being devised in what has been described as a "real sea-change in attitude".
A raft of measures are planned, including the stricter use of anti-social behaviour orders (Asbos) against prostitutes and a more focused law enforcement against kerb crawlers.
Women will be offered help to tackle the cause of their problems as part of a move that will also see the introduction of improved street lighting and extra CCTV cameras for the red light area.
The plans, put forward by the Ipswich Prostitutes Steering Group, which includes police, council and drug worker representatives, are currently in their final stages.
The English Collective of Prostitutes last night branded the proposals as a cover for a brutal crackdown on vice girls.
Spokeswoman Cari Mitchell said: We are horrified the authorities want to introduce a crackdown that has been shown to force women underground and make them more vulnerable to attack. Have no lessons be learned? We know women in Ipswich are
waiting months to get into drug treatment programmes. We think the street lighting and cameras are just a cover for a brutal crackdown.
Following recent accusations that the Home Office is unfit for practice regarding drugs and immigration, the Sexual Freedom Coalition would like to add sex work to this list.
In our response to the Home Consultation Paper on Prostitution, Paying the Price, dated 27th January 2004 www.sfc.org.uk/prostitution.html we suggested that the various
aspects of sex work should be taken away from the Home Office and handled by the Dapartment of Health, the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.
The Home Office refuse to be guided by sex workers or their clients, and remain ignorant (or pretend ignorance) on the subject of prostitution. How can they, therefore, create laws that offer protection and promote good practice?
The Home Office does not even maintain contact with the people involved in this industry or those who know them and the issues affecting them. It has disengaged with the public and has no basis for being trusted to know how to formulate policy in this
sensitive and difficult area
Brighton and Hove currently has no fully nude strip joints but looks likely to see six open in the near future.
One venue, Grace of Brighton in North Street, is set to welcome its first clients on March 8 at the former Club 52 bar. The operation was granted a licence to open until 5.30am after no one objected to the application.
The Argus has learned that two exotic-dancing clubs are also in the pipeline for London Road and Pool Valley. The upsurge comes after Brighton and Hove's first fully nude venue, The Rocco Mana in East Street, was given the go-ahead by magistrates, overturning
the council's initial rejection.
Sussex Police said that, despite concerns these venues would attract crime, it has decided not to object to new lap-dancing clubs.
Magistrates ruled the link between strip clubs and disorder could not be proved and police believe they will now have to wait until the venues open to gather evidence. Bill Whitehead, head of licensing at Brighton police, said: We have listened to
the magistrates' decision and unfortunately it is not worth fighting again. We cannot actually show that they are causing any problems because they are not open at the moment.
The city's current strip clubs - Pussycat, in Church Road, Hove, and sister club Top Totty in Grand Parade, Brighton - had bids to go fully naked turned down in 2005, along with Club 52's first application. But the successful appeal by The Rocco Mana,
which is connected to Spearmint Rhino, has changed Brighton's prudish outlook.
Ken McGrath, owner of the Pussycat Club, said he will now have to reapply to stay competitive. He said: It really is an explosion and it is inevitable that clubs will go fully nude now.
Jeane Lepper [wife of extreme porn knee jerk David?] , chairwoman of the licensing committee, said she did not want to see strip clubs opening in the city but added that the committee could not deal with application if objections were not received. She
said: Brighton is naughty but nice and we are not sleazy.
On the news that four nude venues are set to open, Brighton and Hove City Council is now pushing for a change in national policy to allow a ban on all new clubs.
A motion is to be presented to a meeting of the full council asking officers to investigate whether a cap can be introduced.
Councillors will lobby the Government to change its licensing guidelines which allow gentlemen's clubs to hold lap-dancing with the same licence as a church hall featuring line-dancing.
London boroughs are currently the only local authorities in the country allowed to set limits on strip club numbers, and Jeane Lepper, chairwoman of the licensing committee, is pushing for Brighton and Hove to be afforded the same protection.
The motion reads: The council is convinced that an expansion of this type of entertainment would set the wrong tone for the city, that it could undermine the licensing objectives, particularly in respect of the prevention of crime and disorder and
protection of children from harm.
Coun Lepper said: We want to have some control of what is opening in the city and at the moment we fell that we are almost powerless to stop this. We are not just concerned about new venues but also established venues going down that route.
The council also wants to take into account the impact on the character of an area and proximity to schools when discussing bids for new clubs. [yeah yeah]
A spokeswoman for Brighton police said: Brighton and Hove police are not taking a moral standpoint on this issue but have always expressed their concern that this type of venue will attract the wrong type of visitor to the city which might have an
adverse effect on crime and disorder. And because of this, it is our opinion that the city does not need more sex-encounter establishments.
The Scottish Executive is considering radical changes to its proposed new law on prostitution following concerns raised by MSPs.
Deputy finance and public services minister George Lyon today wrote to the Scottish Parliament's local government committee, setting out a possible switch in strategy.
The bill currently going through the parliament proposes to scrap the existing law on soliciting and introduce a new offence - which would apply to both prostitutes and their customers - of causing nuisance, alarm or offence by loitering or soliciting.
But Lyon said the Executive would now consider keeping the existing law on soliciting and amending the bill to focus solely on the men buying sex.
He told the committee: Such an approach could provide a clearer focus on challenging the behaviour of those seeking to purchase sex in public places, which, in turn, may assist in tackling the demand for street prostitution - a key component if we
are to deliver our long-term objective of eradicating street prostitution.
The committee was meeting in private this afternoon, where it planned to discuss its forthcoming report to the parliament on the bill.
MSPs considering new anti-prostitution laws believe the threat of losing their vehicles and heavy fines will act as a powerful deterrent to men on the streets looking for sex.
The proposals have been drawn up by Holyrood's local government and transport committee following pressure to curb the sex industry in Scottish cities.
In future, police will have the power to seize the cars of persistent offenders and auction or sell them, a tactic which Scottish councils already use to deal with joyriders. Police would also be allowed to keep vehicles for their own use.
MSPs also want to fine kerb crawlers up to £5,000 because they believe the current maximum penalty of £500 for loitering or soliciting for sex is not a sufficient deterrent.
The Scottish executive has produced draft legislation to provide mean minded repression to deal with nuisance.
Ministers plan to create a specific offence of kerb crawling, which already exists south of the border. They believe that tackling those who solicit for sex is the most effective way of reducing demand. In Glasgow, more than 90% of prostitutes are approached
by men in cars.
The Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill will make it an offence to cause "alarm, offence or nuisance" through soliciting or loitering to buy or sell sex.
It is being considered by the local government and transport committee, which will recommend a range of amendments next month.
Men who buy sex will be prosecuted for the first time under new laws aimed at street prostitution in Scotland.
Ministers have decided to introduce measures to punish the men who buy sexual services with fines of up to £1,000, possible loss of their driving licence and confiscation of vehicles used to kerb crawl.
The move was welcomed by women's nutters groups, but concerns remain over forcing the issue underground and the continuing use of brothels and the internet to sell sex.
The Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill originally proposed to tackle the problem of kerb crawling by criminalising both buyers and sellers of sex where they are causing nuisance or offence. However, this approach was criticised as unworkable
because it would be difficult for police to prove offence has been caused. Also, the omission of men loitering in a car for the purposes of prostitution was deemed "unacceptable".
Yesterday, in an knee jerking U-turn, Tom McCabe, the finance minister, ripped up the bill and started again. The idea of nuisance or offence was scrapped and a new offence was introduced that will allow police to prosecute men caught buying sex.
The bill's general principles were passed by 108 votes to one with ten abstentions.
However, George Lewis, of the Scottish Prostitution Education Project (ScotPep), voiced concern the new measures will put prostitutes in danger by forcing buyers and sellers to remote areas where they will not be caught: If it is in an outlying area
with no CCTV she will put herself at even more risk, he said.
One side of the debate supports a stance such as that of Sweden, where prostitution is seen as gender-based violence against women and buyers must be criminalised. On the other is the Dutch approach, which seeks to reduce harm in an inevitable part
of modern society.
Tom McCabe, the minister for finance and public service reform, admitted it was "a complex issue" that could not be solved overnight. But he said legislation could at least equalise centuries of injustice by allowing, for the first time, police
to arrest men caught buying sex. To applause from the chamber, he branded buyers of sex as "unacceptable".
An imbalance has existed for too long and that is why this is why this legislation will criminalise kerb crawling for the first time with an offence for those who purchase sex on our streets. It is only by tackling demand that we can hope to minimise
harm to prostitutes and reduce the nuisance to communities.
However, Margo MacDonald, the independent MSP for the Lothians, was bitterly disappointed by the bill. She pointed out prosecuting men for kerb crawling will not necessarily stop them buying sex and pointed out the offence has not led to any reduction
in prostitution in England and Wales. In fact it will force buyers and sellers to migrate to remote areas where the women are more at risk or to use other means, she warned.
In the past, Ms MacDonald has argued in favour of "management zones" where the police turn a blind eye to prostitution in order to keep an eye on prostitutes and allow services such as drug rehabilitation to be carried out.
Measures to extend new prostitution legislation have been backed by a committee of MSPs. In addition to the criminalising of paying for sex on the street, the proposed new law will be extended to cover kerb-crawlers, who could face fines of up to £1,000.
The Scottish Executive is also in talks with Westminster about proposals for kerb-crawlers to be disqualified from driving and have their car confiscated.
The committee agreed to changes after the bill was criticised by moralists for not punishing people who pay for sex.
The bill, which went before the local government and transport committee, means that for the first time people who buy sex could be prosecuted.
Originally the bill would have criminalised both soliciting and loitering for the purposes of prostitution when it would cause alarm, nuisance or offence.
The changes mean that if it can reasonably be "inferred" that somebody was loitering on foot or in a car in a bid to buy sex they can be prosecuted.
The nutter SNP MSP for Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber said: If it is the case that men will now be prosecuted for going to women for sex then that sends out a very clear message indeed that we do not accept prostitution in Scotland.
I believe that it is morally wrong but I also believe that as well as that it has been the source of the perpetration of abuse of women and violence against women since time immemorial.
By sending a very clear message that this conduct will be criminalised that is bound to deter many men who currently go to prostitutes from doing so in the future and if we achieve that we will have achieved something very worthwhile indeed.
Deputy Public Services Minister George Lyon gave executive backing to amendments that removed any reference to alarm, offence and nuisance and to changes which made buying sex an offence in itself. The nutter minister said the changes would lead to tougher
laws than those recently agreed in England and Wales.
However, Independent MSP Margo MacDonald said the legislation discriminates against street prostitutes because it will not criminalise those who work indoors: If any of the committee members imagine if by passing this legislation they are going to
reprioritise the police operations I think are going to be disappointed in that .
Edinburgh council leader, Ewan Aitken, hit out at new prostitution laws because they fail to give councils the power to establish tolerance zones.
Legislation expected to be passed by MSPs tomorrow will introduce new offences to target kerb-crawlers, who could face fines of up to £1000 and having their car confiscated.
But the original plan to repeal the existing law against soliciting by prostitutes and replace it with a new offence of causing nuisance has been abandoned. And the Scottish Executive overruled recommendations from an expert group which would have required
a complaint to be lodged before a prosecution could take place.
MSPs on the committee considering the Prostitution Bill also spoke out strongly against tolerance zones and said they wanted to see the law implemented right across the country. But on his online blog site, Councillor Aitken has declared his support for
tolerance zones, while making clear his wish to help women get out of prostitution. He wrote: I don't condone prostitution, I would not want it legalised and I am unconvinced by those who say 'It's my choice', but I have come to the conclusion that,
especially given the levels of trafficking in women, we need to find ways of regulating its practice even if we don't like its existence.
That is why the legislation going through parliament must focus first on the men who solicit and those who pimp and then on giving local authorities the chance to run things like tolerance zones.
Cllr Aitken told the Evening News: It's not saying prostitution is a good thing, but it's understanding there is a group of women who are extremely vulnerable and we need to be able to do what we can to protect them.
I want to do everything we can to get them out of prostitution, but between now and that time having the ability to protect them through tolerance zones would be very helpful.
Independent Lothians MSP Margo MacDonald welcomed Cllr Aitken's backing for what she called a "sensible and humane" approach. But she said: The Bill the parliament will most likely pass tomorrow is an absolute travesty of what the expert
group sought to do.
As was shown a few months ago when five women were murdered in Ipswich, the general community, while they may not like the idea or the behaviour associated with prostitution, accepts that street prostitutes are owed a duty of care by all of society.
MSPs have approved new legislation which for the first time will allow the prosecution of kerb-crawlers.
The bill will give police the power to arrest men in cars or loitering with the intention of buying sex services.
SNP MSP Fergus Ewing called for driving bans to be added to penalties. However, ministers said this area was reserved, and Westminster may consider them.
The Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill will see men who buy sex face prosecution and fines of up to £1,000.
During the final debate on the bill at Holyrood, Deputy Finance Minister George Lyon said it would provide Scotland with the toughest legislation on kerb-crawling in the UK.
Ewing lost his bid to amend the bill so that kerb-crawlers could lose their licences and have their cars seized. He said: If a burglar's tools can be confiscated because they assist him in committing crime, so I would argue for persistent offenders.
Liberal Democrat backbencher Mike Rumbles said a potential £1,000 fine would act as a sufficient deterrent on its own.
Independent MSP Margo MacDonald, who had efforts to legislate for formal prostitution tolerance zones rejected in 2003, said Ewing's amendment would risk driving prostitution underground and therefore putting vulnerable women at further risk. MacDonald
also called for the bill to be "quietly voted down", arguing that it had changed radically since it was first introduced to Holyrood.
But MSPs voted in favour of the bill by 103 votes to four with eight abstentions.
A warning over 'degrading' entertainment has been given by Chichester church leaders, in a letter condemning proposals for exotic dancing in the city.
Thirteen nutters signed the letter to the Observer, in which they said they were sorry to see there would be an appeal against the licensing authority's decision to refuse an application for the dancing, at The Cave, in St Pancras: If the appeal is
successful there will be lap-dancing, pole-dancing and strip-tease at the premises.
We believe this kind of entertainment degrades and devalues humanity. People, especially women, are treated as objects to provide sexual gratification.
There was an inconspicuous advertisement in the Chichester Observer, which was phrased in a way that made it far from clear what precisely would take place at The Cave were the licence to be granted. By the time we had discovered what was
going on, the deadline for submissions had passed.
The letter was signed by Ken Benjamin (Chichester Baptist Church); Siew Ping Crane (Harvest Church); Mike Eley (Riverside Christian Fellowship); George Gibson (Christ Church); Richard Griffiths (St Pancras); Richard Hunt (St Paul's); Trevor James (Swanfield
Chapel); Bruno Kondabeka (Orchard Street Church);
Plans to introduce adult dancing at a Burnham-On-Sea night club were given the go-ahead on January 22nd.
A public hearing was held at Bridgwater Magistrates Court to decide whether Shakers could overturn the May 2006 decision by Sedgemoor's Licensing Panel to reject a bid to introduce occasional lap dancing and extended opening hours.
After a day-long hearing in which opinions on both sides of the argument were heard, a judge decided that Shakers' request to open until 4am on Fridays and Saturdays should be turned down. Also, clubbers will not be able to leave the building to have a
smoke and then gain re-entry to the club.
However, the club's controversial application for "gentlemen's evenings" was given the green light.
Plans announced last year to open the Red Velvet club above a chip shop in Front Street, Consett, County Durham, provoked the usual nutter outrage, with more than 1,000 people signing a protest petition organised by the town's churches.
But after a four-hour hearing, members of Derwentside District Council's alcohol and entertainment licensing sub-committee granted the club a license.
Sukhdev "Sonny" Gill told the hearing that the club would vigorously enforce age restrictions and would have no insensitive advertising outside the premises.
But during yesterday's highly-charged meeting at the council chambers in Consett, objectors argued that the club, which will be open until 2am and will feature topless dancers, was demeaning to women, could lead to members of the public being harassed
in the street and could increase the incidence of sexual assault in the town.
The nutter Reverend Stephen Dallin, superintendent Methodist Minister for Derwentside, said that he feared the opening of the club could lead to further incidents similar to the brutal rape of a young woman in Blackhill Park, in November 2005. He said
that he feared the club would impact on children attending young people's groups at the nearby Methodist Church, in Station Road.
However, the committee of three councillors granted the application after hearing that none of the statutory bodies, including the police, has raised any objections to the club. They also said that only objections from people living within 200 yards of
the club could be considered, which ruled out the majority of those who had signed the petition.
Councillor Alex Watson, the leader of Derwentside District Council who spoke against the plan as ward councillor, said the authority would review its procedures in the wake of the decision: I am hugely disappointed given the depth of hostility to
Protestors said they were now considering their next course of action. No decision has been made as to when the club will open its doors to the public.
Update: Opening Date
The opening date has now been set for July 27th 2007 when it duly opened
A popular band venue and function room in Chichester city centre could become the first ever 'exotic' dancing club in West Sussex.
The Cave, in St Pancras, has applied to Chichester District Council's licensing department to change a number of conditionss which include adding pole dancing to its range of entertainment.
Since the application was submitted, the venue has tried to win over residents by sending out letters to households in the immediate area outlining a series of strict conditions it has promised to uphold.
The letter states that lap dancing would be open only to people aged over 21 and on a members-only basis.
After applying for membership guests would have to wait a minimum of 48 hours before they could attend for the first time.
Commenting on an article in the BMJ that the UK government is failing sex workers by continuing to promote discriminatory laws and practices, Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary Nick Clegg MP said:
The BMJ is right to highlight the Government's failure to grapple with this issue when the welfare and lives of vulnerable women are at stake.
The law should help take vulnerable women off the streets and into licensed premises, while applying current laws on obstruction, nuisance and harassment more strictly.
We can no longer afford to avoid having a grown up debate about this difficult issue. The Government has sat on its own review of the law relating to prostitution for a year, and it is high time they had the courage to act.
Delegates from Bolton Council's newly-formed prostitution policy development group plan to visit the Middlesbrough in the next couple of months to see if a zero tolerance scheme would work in Bolton.
Middlesbrough was responsible for a quarter of all kerb-crawling convictions in the country between 2002 and 2004, but now only 15 prostitutes work on its streets compared to 200 previously
Now Government ministers want to see its zero tolerance approach, which sees kerb crawlers named and shamed and prostitutes educated on the health risks of the sex trade - repeated across England and Wales.
The Bolton group was set up at the end of last year in response to an anti-prostitution petition signed by more than 2,000 people.
The proposals for Bohemia nightclub in Micklegate in York will have to go before a council licensing committee if public objections are lodged.
That is in marked contrast to another nightclub further down Micklegate, Ziggy's, which opened as a lap dancing venue. The applicants then just had to agree a new operating schedule under an existing Public Entertainment Licence to meet the demands of
But York's licensing manager John Lacy said a different approach for Bohemia was needed, even though it already had an entertainments licence, because the owners wanted to make significant alterations to the premises, including new dancing areas and booths.
If objections were lodged which could not be resolved, the application would have to go before a licensing committee, which would take objections into account before coming to a decision.
Mr Son Poc told The Press the application had been made to ensure he complied fully with the rules. He said his aim was to turn Bohemia into more of a nightclub than a bar. He said he had not yet decided whether lap-dancing would operate regularly or just
occasionally for private parties.
A woman who lives near Bohemia has lodged a protest with City of York Council against the bar's proposals, claiming they will lead to more rapes and indecent assaults in the area. Suzanne Jaconelli said the plans, coming would create a "little
Soho on our doorstep."
But City of York Council revealed today that such objections are set to be discounted - because they can only consider representations about structural alterations to the building. A spokeswoman said a public consultation exercise into the business's application
related solely to proposed physical changes: Any objections must relate to these changes only. If any relevant representations are received regarding this application, then a licensing hearing will be held before the council's licensing committee.
She said under the terms of the new Licensing Act, the owners were able to apply to carry out lap dancing because they would have been able to do so under the old licensing laws - dubbed Grandfathers' rights. The council may impose strict conditions
relating to the conduct of the performance, but legislation does not allow for this matter to be subject to public consultation.
Licensing chiefs have cleared the way for York's second lap-dancing club to open next year.
Proposals for structural changes to Bohemia in Micklegate, which will help pave the way for erotic dancing, were passed by City of York Council without being referred to a licensing committee of councillors.
The bar's application last month for a variation to its premises licence stated that adult entertainment in the form of pole/lap/table dancing will take place.
Bohemia spokesman Hong Poc said that the first public evening of erotic dancing will take place on Friday, January 12.
Nutter objections were because the council could only consider representations about the structural alterations, and only if relevant representations were received would a licensing committee hearing be held.
A council spokeswoman said that under the terms of the new Licensing Act, the owners were able to apply to carry out lap dancing because they would have been able to do so under the old licensing laws - dubbed Grandfathers' rights: The council may
impose strict conditions relating to the conduct of the performance, but legislation does not allow for this matter to be subject to public consultation.