Dan Savage forwarded this our way, to see if we can help this letter writer—who’s moving to Portland, and has a question about our strip clubs.
I love the column and the podcast. You’re doing good work.
My boyfriend has a good deal of strip club experience and recently, at my request, took me to my first one as a birthday present. I had been merely curious, but was totally unprepared for how fucking sexy it would be to watch him get a lap dance. Holy cow. We had a great night, the ladies were extremely nice and chatty, we tipped well and drank a lot of ginger ale and I left with soaking wet panties and mauled my bf the instant we got home. This is something I very much enjoyed and would like us to do with some regularity. My boyfriend is familiar with the clubs in our current city and will only go to the ones where he feels that the dancers are respectfully treated by both the staff and the customers. However, we are moving this summer to another major city that has many strip clubs and I have heard that women who have been trafficked are sometimes forced to dance in clubs to drum up business for the prostitution side of the operation and neither my boyfriend or I would want to patronize clubs where the women are badly treated. My question is then, how can you tell from the outside that a strip club is an OK place for the women on the inside?
Many thanks for your help!
Hot To Watch
Any advice for HTW? I’ve only been to Devil’s Point, Mary’s, Magic Gardens, and Acropolis, and didn’t see any gals that struck me as hostages. But tell tell if there are clubs with a “prostitution side of the operation.”
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