Its official Texas just passed Senate Bill 315, which makes it illegal to hire anymore under tha age of 21 to work in a StripClub. This goes for all staff ( waitresses, Dancers, Hostesses, even busboys ). I talked one of my clients he said he had to fire over half his staff. The same goes for other clubs in town. My opinion if they really wanted to solve the problem they should require the Clubs to use Everify systems to validate the identity of everyone they hire.
A Bill know as the Smart Act has been introduced in Austin. It would raise the age of people allowed to work in SOB ( Sexually Oriented Businesses ) from 18 to 21. The goal of the bill is to cut down on sex trafficking. You can read the Bill's Text Here
According to authorities, Gabriel Castaneda was shot March 14 in the back parking lot of Fantasy Cabaret in the 8500 block of North Freeway around 2:30 a.m. According to Crime Stoppers, the four males were seen on surveillance video getting into an altercation with Castaneda before the shooting. The men are then seen leaving the club in a blue 2014-15 GMC Sierra crew-cab with dark colored rims. The unknown suspects fired a shot from inside the vehicle, striking Castaneda once. They then fled the scene in an unknown direction.
It looks like VLive might be at risk of being shutdown by harris county. The County claims VLive is a Nuisance to the community. Defendants allowed illegal activity at their bar and restaurant, including aggravated assaults, aggravated robberies, weapons offenses, and selling liquor without a permit.
Recently at SXSW, Beatking named his top 5 stripclubs in houston. I am sure many will disagree with his choices. A lot of it depends on what kind of culture you want to surround yourself with. A better title would have been the Top 5 Houston Stripclubs that are friendly to Blacks. I say this as I know many other clubs impliment strict dresscodes and music selection that forces some blacks to leave their style, and culture at home. So here is his list from best to next best.
Onyx, V Live, Dreams, Velvet Lounge, Crazy Horse.
Louisiana is considering a bill that would require strippers to be at least 21 years of age to work. The logic behind the bill is to help cut down on human trafficking, as most of the girls working in clubs are barely 18. The current age to work in the clubs is 18. Of course strippers and club owners are against the new law, which currently has overwhelming support in the house and senate. If it does go into effect, you might see surrounding states get an influx of girls migrating to dance on stage.
The Harris County Attorney is going after a southwest Houston strip club described as a thorn in the side of the community. Vince Ryan's office has filed a civil lawsuit against Wonderland Men's Club on Hillcroft Avenue.
The county attorney's office says the club has become a haven for violence and crime. Investigators say there have been 65 incidents over a two-year period at the after hours venue including a shooting that left a Houston-area rapper hospitalized in February. Assistant County Attorney Celena Vinson says the office is asking a judge to order the club owner, as well as the property owner, to clean up the business or face closure for a year.
Houston Rapper Bugatti was shot multiple times while using the restroom at Wonderland Gentlemens Club.
Former Appropriations Chairman Jim Pitts is now on the Lobby Team for the Texas Entertainment Association. He is lobbying to reduce or eliminate the Texas Pole Tax, which is a $5 fee charged for every customer who enters one of those establishments. The state's Pole Tax has been held up in litigation for years, but the appeals are now exhausted and the courts have decided that the Fee is legal. But the Texas Legislature never rests State Rep Harold Dutton has filed a bill that would lower the fee to $2 and another that would eliminate it altogether. Neither bill has been scheduled for hearings as of yet.
Dozens of men face jail time and thousands of dollars in fines for offering to pay undercover Houston police officers for sex. The arrests were part of an elaborate prostitution sting using a police-run "modeling studio" advertised on Backpage.com. The Houston Police Department (HPD) says these arrests will help "end demand" for sex trafficking.
Some exotic dancers can make hundreds even thousands of dollars in a night. That is not a payment of wage that comes from the club itself, says attorney Galvin Kennedy. And in some cases Kennedy says the dancers must pay the club a fee and share their tips with club employees like managers and disc jockeys. By not paying the dancers one single cent the owners of Gold Cup, Treasures, Cover Girls and Centerfolds are violating the Fair Labor Standards Act according to a lawsuit filed against the clubs. That lawsuit claims these clubs should be paying dancers at least minimum wage in addition to the tips they receive and overtime for working more than 40 hours a week.
The saga of a Westheimer strip club and the former mob boss who used to run it has taken another strange turn.
The co-owner told Sheriff's Deputies they were taken at gunpoint by two men and one woman in Houston while dropping off the dancer. They were carrying pistols and a shotgun. The attackers took the victims back to Oceans Cabaret where they broke in to steal the safes. They got away with an undisclosed amount of money. The attackers later released the victims, unharmed, on Interstate 45 near Vauthier in LaMarque. That's where the victims were able to borrow a cellphone and call police.
The Colorado Bar and Grill was named the 2014 Best Strip Club in Houston by HoustonPress.com 2014 they also celebrated their 25th anniversary. Here's to another 25 years of fun.
A serious crack down on sexually oriented businesses in Galveston could be on the way. City leaders are even considering a ban against tipping strippers, which could mean fines or even jail time for violators. The ordinance is just a proposal. There was no vote by the city council. If eventually approved, though, the ordinance would drastically change the way some businesses do business. R.J. Purdue owns Wisper's Cabaret, a strip club, which, according to police, is the only sexually oriented business inside the city. "By what's written in the law, it would put this business out of business," he said. Purdue is referring specifically to wording that would make it illegal for customers to tip nude or semi-nude dancers, punishable by up to a $4,000 fine and a year in jail. The ordinance also addresses motels that rent rooms for less than a full night.