Strippers threaten landmark legal action if Bristol bans clubs

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A strippers union is threatening a judicial review against Bristol City Council (Picture: SWNS/Getty)

Strippers have warned a city hoping to close all sex entertainment venues that the crackdown would amount to ‘indirect gender discrimination’.

Banning clubs would throw women out of their jobs and force them into ‘unregulated and dangerous sex entertainment work or private parties’, says their union United Voices Of The World.

‘Supporters of the policy sometimes claim that the aim is reducing violence against women and girls,’ it adds.

‘But there is absolutely no evidence that SEVs [sexual entertainment venues] correlate with an increase in violence against women and girls, either in a specific geographical area or in general.’

The union, which represents low-paid workers, has threatened a judicial review after Bristol revealed it wanted to be the first in the country to bring in a ban.

It says male stripper nights such as the ‘Chippendales’ are not regulated, and it will even taken the council to the Human Rights Commission.

The union added: ‘Evidence regarding crime rates shows SEVs are amongst the safest venues for female workers within the night-time economy, partially due to CCTV, security, and regulation.

Strippers protest on College Green, Bristol against plans to ban sexual entertainment venues. (file photo) See SWNS story SWBRstrip. A council trying to become the first to ban strip clubs faces a landmark legal action from the strippers' union - who claim it breaches human rights and is sexual discrimination. The United Voices of the World trade union is threatening a judicial review against Bristol City Council. The authority wants to ban all sexual entertainment venues such as Urban Tiger - becoming the first place in the country to do so. But the union?s sex worker branch - the United Sex Workers - has written to the council and its licensing committee.
The strippers union says male stripper nights like the ‘Chippendales’ are not regulated (Picture: SWNS)
Hundreds of people protest in Piccadilly Circus followed by a march through central London against discrimination of sex workers held on International Women's Day on 08 March, 2019. Protesters demand full decriminalisation of sex work, ability to unionise, provide better working conditions and protection against violence experienced by sex workers. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Strippers say the council’s plan is sexist (Picture: Getty)

‘Licences are renewed annually and impose strict CCTV and security requirements, alongside other stringent conditions such as non-contact rules between strippers and customers.

‘CCTV is regularly reviewed by the police and the council to ensure compliance.’

The city council has started a consultation asking the public for their opinions on the proposal, which would put clubs in the city such as Urban Tiger and Central Chambers out of business.

A town hall spokesperson said responses to the consultation ‘continue to be analysed’.

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