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The Evening News understands venues in the so-called pubic triangle next to the Grassmarket, along with Lothian Road's Club Rouge, have been visited on a number of occasions by Firecracker since mid-July.
Table dancing managers said they hoped a series about strip bars would overhaul outdated attitudes towards the adult entertainment industry. Alex Smith, manager at Club Rouge on Lothian Road, where around 15 members of staff including DJs
and doormen have had talks with Firecracker, said:
We've said that we don't have a problem with them filming and talking to our girls. The series is going to be featuring the girls themselves -- they want to follow what happens to them outside of work as well as inside the clubs.
It's going to be them going to college, being single mums, their hobbies.
The Palazzo hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip is trying to evict a 10-month-old nightclub for shows it claims are
so raunchy that they violate obscenity laws. It says actors, some nearly naked, toss condoms into the crowd and simulate sex acts and bestiality on stage. The casino giant wants to terminate the club's 10-year lease.
The club is opposing the action and is seeking a restraining order to halt the closure, arguing that simulated sex acts don't constitute obscenity.
Sean Dunn, special events director at The Act said that representatives of the hotel-casino have frequently attended shows and did not complain.
The Act remains open for business while a district judge considers its fate.
The Nordic Choice hotel chain is in the process of converting to Bring Your Own Porn (BYOP). It is in
the process of replacing in room porn channels with contemporary art.
The chain's owner, Petter Stordalen has made ludicrous and defamatory claims that the porn industry contributes to trafficking. He said:
The porn industry contributes to trafficking, so I see it as a natural part of having a social responsibility to send out a clear signal that Nordic Hotels doesn't support or condone this.
Starting with his flagship hotel in Norway's capital, Stordalen has now replaced porn with interactive TVs in each room offering "art on demand" with a choice of nine works of contemporary video art, including Sam Taylor-Wood's Still Life
from 2001" -- a film showing a bowl of fruit slowly decomposing.
Stordalen plans to roll out video art to other hotels, with Copenhagen next on the list.
Times Square was full of bare-chested women today, as equality campaigners descended on the New York landmark to celebrate Go Topless
The annual event, which takes place in a range of cities around the U.S., was established in 2007 by Go Topless, an organization founded by a spiritual group called the Raelian Movement.
The day sees women walk together to challenge laws that allow only men to walk around shirtless.
In New York it is legal for women to go shirtless in public, as it is in Ohio, Texas and Colorado to name a few. But others including Kansas, Arizona, Pennsylvania and Georgia it is outlawed for women to go topless in public
Managers at Club Rouge in Edinburgh has said that efforts are under way to create an independent dance censor
which would cooperate with licensing officers and police to ensure elf 'n' safety in strip clubs and adult entertainment venues across the Capital and Scotland.
They said the body would issue certificates of good practice to businesses only after they introduced measures to clamp down on abusive customers, unhygienic working environments and unfair charges imposed on dancers when clubs are busy or when
they phone in sick.
Day-to-day monitoring and enforcement would still be carried out by police and licensing officers though.
Alex Smith, manager of Club Rouge, said:
This is an opportunity for the clubs to say that from now on, they're going to work together for a better environment.
He said meetings would soon take place with senior councillors to move the process forward, with the new dance censor on a voluntary basis and financed through a mixture of public money and contributions from the industry.
Licensing staff said they were receptive to the idea. A spokeswoman said:
The council would welcome any initiative to encourage industry good practice, however we would need more information on this specific proposal to be able to comment further.
Lap dancers at a Bristol club have been giving customers more fun than the miserable council allowed.
One performer has been suspended and two have been reprimanded by bosses for kissing and other physical contact.
Magistrates fined the venue around £16,500 for five licensing breaches. Temptations' manager Valerie Hoare was also ordered to pay £1,550 for two breaches.
Bristol Magistrates Court heard how CCTV from Temptations examined after an unannounced visit from licensing staff in January showed three dancers getting closer than the council allowed in the private booths .
Bristol's Sexual Entertainment Venue licence states that customers and performers are not allowed to touch each other during a performance. But the prosecution said: The footage from all three cameras showed extensive and repeated contact between
customers and performers. The court heard this included one stripper holding a customer's face and giving him a kiss while he had his hands on her buttocks. Other footage showed a dancer sitting on a customer's lap, while in another booth a performer
touched a man's leg with hers.
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A handful of Bristol miserablists have raised a petition calling for the closure of Bristol's two table dancing clubs and its only lap dancing club at Temptations.
The petitioners are recommending:
Central Chambers 9 St Stephen's St, Bristol BS1 1EE
9 objections from the public were received about the renewal of a licence of Central Chambers. It has been reported that this was renewed yesterday (16th Sept) with some fairly colourful language apparently used by a campaigner to describe the head of
the three-strong licensing committee.
Feminist campaigner Bristol_Jane was live tweeting yesterday's hearing at City Hall, during which she called Conservative group leader Peter Abraham a sexist, misogynistic fuckface . The offending tweet has now been removed.
Miserable Westminster Council is trying to hide Soho's colourful heritage after ordering a restaurant to remove neon
signs harking back to its former glory as London's red light district.
The signs, which read peep show and adult video , were installed outside the fashionable restaurant, La Bodega Negra, early last year as a homage to the area's history.
But after a nine-month fight with Westminster City Council, the restaurant, in Old Compton Street, has been issued with a discontinuance notice to remove the signs, claiming they cause substantial injury to the area. The council noted that Soho is
a conservation area.
Westminster council claims:
The continued display of the neon advertisement is considered to constitute a substantial injury to the amenity of the area.
The restaurant argues that the signs, designed by Serge Becker, the creative director of La Esquina in New York and The Box in London, are a work of art and have become a landmark in their own right. Restaurant owner Will Ricker vowed to fight council
bosses by keeping the signs in place. He said:
They have completely failed to mention that it was the centre of the capital's sex industry, which made Soho famous globally and a tourist attraction.
And now as it slowly changes away from that, we wanted to make a statement that paid homage to the cultural importance of that epoch. Particularly as its remnants are being eradicated by landlords, the council and technology, the neons are a remnant of a
vanishing, golden era that should be celebrated, not forgotten.
Street prostitution is to be banned in large areas of Vienna's Prater district from September.
It is thought that as a result many of the prostitutes will move to the industrial zone in Liesing.
Gerald Bischof from the SPO said:
I don't think 300 new prostitutes will come, there simply isn't enough space, but there will definitely be an increase.
He hopes to get prostitution banned in Liesing. Over the past few months there has been 150 fines given out in the area - mainly due to prostitutes not having the correct identification and control cards on them.
Goa, the once popular Indian holiday state, has announced a ban on dance bars, further repressing the party scene in a
destination once famous as a dance paradise.
The state has progressively restricted nightclubs and outdoor parties over the last few years.
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has made sanitising Goa's palm tree-lined beaches a priority to make them more 'family-friendly'. He has now announced:
Dance bars will not be allowed in Goa. There has been a lot of image-beating for the state due to the existence of drugs and prostitution on the beaches.
His administration has also ordered police to remain present on the beaches until midnight. Previously police would withdraw after sunset.
Previous measures against nightclubs and parties, have forced many to close or finish early. Silent discos , in which party-goers wear headphones to listen to the music, have developed as a way to work around the restrictions on outdoor noise.
The Swiss city of Zurich has unveiled a sex drive-in which local authorities say will enable them to keep closer tabs on
The facility consisting of nine so-called sex boxes is located in a former industrial zone in the west of the city. The site will be open daily from 7:00 pm to 5:00 am, and only to drivers, who must be alone in their vehicle if they want to pass
the gate. They will follow a marked route along which up to 40 prostitutes will be stationed. Once they have negotiated a rate, they will drive to one of the nine car-wash style boxes to have sex.
The boxes will be equipped with alarms, allowing the prostitutes to make rapid contact with police if they are in danger.
Zurich has spared no effort to encourage the prostitutes and their clients to leave the area currently used in city centre and to use the new site, making it as pleasant as possible, with grassy areas and decorative lights. It will be marked clearly with
signposts sporting a red umbrella, a well-known symbol for the sex trade..
To avoid putting off clients, city authorities said they had no plans to install video surveillance or deploy police at the site permanently. Social workers and security guards will be on hand, however.
Since January, sex workers have been required to obtain a permit to ply their trade. To receive one, they must have a Swiss work permit and health insurance. In addition, they must pay a tax of five Swiss francs per night of work.
Customers, meanwhile, can only seek sex in three designated areas of Zurich, the new sex-box site, a zone near a highway, and, for those on foot, in part of the old town district.
The owner of French firm Divinextases has seen sales triple after offering erotic products that appeal to the eco-conscious.
Frederic Donnat saw a gap in the market that was more interesting than the usual organic beauty products . He refocused his online business to eco-erotic products.
From balms for buttocks left sore by a spanking session to intimate perfumes, all Donnat's products are made in France with sustainable materials from reputable sources. They use beeswax and shea butter rather than palm oil and all are wrapped in
Divinextases , whose pills are sold in pharmacies, organic stores and sex shops, now wants to diversify into aphrodisiac-laced tea and sugar, company director Fleur Phelipeau told AFP.
Meanwhile British company French Letter sells carbon-neutral condoms made from natural latex produced in sustainably-run forests. A French website arbredesplaisirs.com (Forest of pleasure) promises to plant a tree in the Amazon rainforest for every sex
But some are cynical about the rise of the organic sex shop. Easy Love, a network of lingerie and erotic accessory retailers, claimed eco-erotic products have sold very badly and dismissed the concept as a publicity stunt .
Zoo, Nuts and Front have agreed to self censor their front covers as demanded by Tesco. The supermarket has been lobbied by
anti-sex miserablists. The new censorship code will apply only to the magazines' covers.
Highly explicit front covers of lads' mags may be a thing of the past, Tesco said. Zoo, Nuts and Front have agreed to make their covers more modest , the retailer said, meaning no more nudity, with less salacious coverlines and a more
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In addition to demanding toned-down covers, the store said Nuts, Zoo, Front and Bizarre would now be sold only to customers over 18, to reassure parents who do not want their children to be able to purchase these titles , and the magazines will be
displayed at the back of sales racks, where their covers will be obscured by other magazines.
Of course the censorship campaigners dismissed the move as a half-measure that doesn't address the harm of these publications .
Kat Banyard, founder of UK Feminista, one of two groups behind the Lose the Lad Mags campaign , said that lobbying to have the titles removed from shelves altogether would continue, because they are deeply harmful. They fuel sexist behaviours which
underpin violence against women.
Nuts, which is published by IPC Media, said it had introduced new covers ... which have a more conservative tone several weeks ago, adding: We are delighted with our readers' response and this week's issue is our biggest selling since February.
While previous issues have shown women fully topless with their nipples covered by headlines or their hands or hair, and promising the boobiest shoot ever or big-boobed brunettes , recent editions of Nuts feature models in less highly
sexualised poses, wearing slightly more modest lingerie.
Amsterdam's famous red-light district is under threat, from the economic crisis on one hand and on the other lawmakers are proposing
restrictive changes to the sex-for-hire industry.
The economic crisis is forcing prostitutes to lower their prices and to accept dubious sexual practices, according to the sex work advocacy group Geisha.
The trend is apparent in the main cities, with some prostitutes unable to pay the rent on their rooms , Ilonka Stakelborough from Geisha told Algemeen Dagblad. Until recently, the minimum price was EUR50, but this has now dropped as low as EUR20
in cities such as Amsterdam and The Hague.
Geisha is to set up a project for sex workers so they can form a co-operative. Geisha will rent a room which prostitutes only pay rent for when they are actually working.
Gender extremism has been taking hold in the Netherlands for some time . For example. Myrthe Hilkens, a Labor Party legislator who supports a series of moves to tighten the rules on prostitution said:
For something as simple as the lust for sex, we are tolerating modern-day slavery. I think that cannot be.
Anti sex work proposals are far-reaching. Most contested is a bill to require all prostitutes be registered with the government---a measure that has already been approved by the lower house but is struggling in the Senate. Also in the works: raising the
minimum age to 21 from 18, and a requirement that escort services be licensed, just as brothels currently are. A vote is expected before the summer recess on July 9.
Under the proposed registry, Holland's roughly 20,000 prostitutes would have to meet with government officials and show they are not being coerced in order to get a registration card.
Meanwhile, the city government in Amsterdam on Wednesday is expected to approve tougher rules, including ordering brothels to close in the early-morning hours and requiring that prostitutes speak Dutch, English, German or Spanish.
City officials say they have managed to cut the number of prostitutes' windows in the red-light district from 500 to 409 in about five years, and want to ultimately bring it down to 300.
The Czech caretaker government has taken a negative stance on a deputies' bill to tolerate prostitution, Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok told reporters.
The bill, proposed by MP Viktor Paggio (LIDEM), is to give municipalities the right to designate public areas where prostitutes could offer their services. Paggio says the main aim of his bill was to openly legalise prostitution, including accompanying
Now parliament will decide on the bill. The capital of Prague has submitted a similar proposal for regulating prostitution in Prague to the Chamber of Deputies. This bill will be debated too.
Paggio's bill looked to introduce a fine of up to 20,000 crowns ($1000) for the provision and use of sexual services for payment without condoms to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases.
Amsterdam is set to move ahead with plans to close 40% of the prostitution windows in its famous De Wallen red-light district.
26 owners of a total of 100 window brothels, in which sex workers can be seen by prospective clients from the street, had appeared before the Dutch Council of State, the highest administrative body in the Netherlands, to argue against the closures.
But the body said that a reduction in these sex establishments and their concentration in a smaller area would allow better control and monitoring of window prostitution.
The ruling means Amsterdam can now fully implement its gentrification Project 1012 initiated by then-mayor Job Cohen in 2008. The city hopes to replace the windows with more boutiques and art galleries in the picturesque old canal houses.
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The Norwegian 'Justice' Ministry is preparing to ban all forms of advertising of sexual services on websites. The ministry is working on the censorship
law with the aim to promote a bill to the Parliament in the autumn.
Police inspector Vegard Munthe Ommdal claimed on TV2:
We primarily want to prevent human trafficking and pimping. And online advertising is a very important part of the business,
Ommdal thinks advertising on the internet must be seen as promoting someone else's prostitution.
A suspected nail bombing of a mosque in the West Midlands is being treated by police as a terrorist attack. Nails and other
debris were discovered after residents close to the Kanz-ul-Iman Muslim Welfare Association Central Jamia Mosque in Binfield Street, Tipton, reported hearing an explosion.
The bombing, on the day of Fusilier Lee Rigby's funeral in Bury, came less than three weeks after a home-made device exploded in an alley close to the Aisha Mosque and Islamic Centre in Walsall on June 22.
Several streets were closed off in Tipton yesterday and residents were evacuated while police scoured the area for evidence and to make sure there were no other devices.