Strippers Fight City Cleanup

Strippers Fight City Cleanup
(Photo: The Guardian)

Outside Hackney town hall in east London a coalition of strippers, club owners and a vicar pit themselves against a range of women's groups and disgruntled residents who are fighting to close down the area's sex shops, strip bars and adult cinemas.

The strippers and their clubs have found support from an unusual quarter. The vicar of the local St Leonard's church in Shoreditch has accused Hackney council of trying to impose a "moral code" on its residents, and argued that the area would be more dangerous if the clubs lost their licence. "I've been here for 27 years and I remember the struggle to get these places licensed in the first place," he said. "They were run by criminals, they were squalid – now they are well-run and brilliantly controlled. Why would we lose control of something that we worked so hard to get under control? The consequences of that worry me deeply."

As with drugs, alcohol, gambling, etc. unless you put control on "adult" vices, you let criminals take control of them. It seems people don't understand that prohibition usually leads to more criminal conduct.