Bristol strippers warn they will be forced into ‘unsafe’ Airbnb gigs if clubs are banned

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A stripper has warned that her peers will have to resort to dangerous “underground” gigs in Airbnbs and hotel rooms if a major UK city goes ahead with plans to ban adult clubs.

Amelie, who has worked at one of Bristol’s two strip clubs, Urban Tiger and Central Chambers, for the past two years, spoke out against the ‘zero cap’ proposed by the City Council for Places of Sexual Entertainment (SEV ).

If the rule is passed, all licenses for SEVs in Bristol will be removed and all new applications will be denied.

But Amelie said this was unfair and would force adult artists into underground markets instead of protecting them.

Amelie said strippers would put on dangerous underground shows in ‘hotels or Airbnbs’ if the bill passed (Image: James Beck/BristolLive) Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles

Protesting the move, he commented: “If the clubs were to close down, there is a very good chance that the industry would go underground, it would go to hotels or Airbnbs, where there are basically no worker rights.”

“There would be no way to denounce that we were attacked or exploited. It would put workers in more danger.”

Amelie said that while she wasn’t “asking anyone to approve of the work we do or support the sex industry,” she did want people to understand that “stripping is a job” and that strippers need to be safe on the job.

A petition to save smutty places garnered 7,000 signatures (Image: James Beck/BristolLive)

Meanwhile, a member of the Bristol Women’s Commission who wished to remain anonymous explained why they think adult venues need to be banned.

She told BristolLive: “The fundamental reason this is such an important issue in Bristol is because it tells us the difference between talking about equality and actually wanting to use the evidence to change unequal gender norms in our city and address men’s violence against women in an appropriately targeted manner’.

A petition created to prevent Bristol City Council from closing strip clubs in Bristol has now gained nearly 7,000 signatures.

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