The new law in Missouri isn’t just affecting Missouri residents and strippers. It’s affecting us here, too. I work in Iowa, and we’re about a three-hour drive from Kansas City (or less). Since enacting these very, very, very restrictive laws, my city has been absolutely bombarded with girls that used to work in Missouri. They can’t work there anymore because there’s no money in it. One recent new hire said she made $14 on a Friday night, when she used to make $800-1000.
The problem with this is that the local girls aren’t making as much as they used to, because now they have to share with out-of-town girls. More girls on the floor = less money to go around. And, frankly, they’re making more money than some of the house girls are. There are some great dancers from Kansas City (and, they’ve got some killer pole tricks, which is apparently a valued skill in clubs there). It’s frustrating.
If you curb a lot of (strip club) activity, you have an impact on crime,” said state Sen. Karin Brownlee of Olathe, a Republican. “It would seem that Kansas may need to step up, because it sounds as though our (adult) business is increasing.
Yes and no, Senator Asshole. I’m not sure where you got your education (I’ll look that up in a second), but I doubt it included any courses in sexuality, psychology, or sociology. And although you have a personal (obviously) distaste for strippers, you’ve failed to do adequate research regarding the actual affects of varying degrees of regulation within the sex industry.
Let me start with the “yes” part of my answer. Yes, the sex industry does support a certain amount of crime. Prostitution, drug use and trafficking, sex trafficking/slavery, occasionally child exploitation, organized crime, and more. These are very real and very serious problems, and they do exist in the strip club culture. I do not support these things in any way.
Now, the other part of my answer is that you’re wrong. I think you’re mostly wrong, but I had to give you surface credit for a blatant observation.
Crime exists whether or not it is legislated against. Prostitution exists in every moderate-sized city or larger, in every part of the world, whether or not it is legal. Drugs are prevalent in just about any part of the country and world you can think of, whether or not they are legal. Hell, child exploitation has been happening in churches and schools for a long time now, and is now making the media. Does this mean we place heavy restrictions on churches and schools?
You forgot that people are innately sexual beings, whether they are married, single, old, young, blind, and even when it is illegal. It is hard-wired into our brains and bodies to seek sexual stimulation. Putting such harsh restrictions on strip clubs in an effort to rid your state of them does NOT mean that people will stop seeking out strip clubs, pornography, prostitutes, etc.
You are hurting your own state’s economy in a time of economic distress. Strip clubs themselves will pay fewer taxes, strippers will pay fewer taxes (or more will refuse to pay them altogether), and surrounding states will benefit, economically from increased tax revenues. And actually, a lot of money flows in and out of strip clubs—millions—each year. The loss is bigger than you anticipate. Beyond that, where is all of the money that those strippers make spent? Usually, it’s spent locally. You’re hurting sales taxes, local businesses, and leaving women in fragile financial positions unemployed.
Gah. This is more of a rant than anything else, but I very much disagree with both the law and the Senator. It’s an important happening in my area, because of the sudden influx of new dancers.