The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein



Saturday, March 29, 2008

Dallas... poor poor Dallas

Not being an expert in laws regarding certain adult entertainment establishments, I can't tell you whether Dallas Texas has restricted stripping to those over 18 or over 21. But- it really shouldn't matter either way, as the particular 'dancer' in question wasn't even 18 yet. In fact, she wasn't even old enough to drive a car.

Dallas police are investigating how it turned out that a 12 year old girl (yes I said 12) ended up working at Diamonds Cabaret, a nude strip club. The girl, a runaway, met 22 year old David Bell who first took her to the club.

According to court documents, the 12-year-old said that before giving her the job, a club employee asked her to "take off her clothes to see if she was too shy to dance nude."

"You know, she looks like an adult body-wise, but she's 12," the girl's mother said.

The court records say the girl gave a fake name, said she forgot her birthday, and the club didn't get an ID.

As if that isn't enough to cause anger, it now seems that the 'bar' in question will continue to operate, because there is no law that requires it to be shut down.
"There's a laundry list of things we can use to deny or revoke a license, but having a 12-year-old dancing in their establishment is not one of the things that automatically enables us to revoke their license," police Lt. Christina Smith, who oversees the strip-club permit process, tells the paper.

Sadly, this isn't the first time this club has been found to have employed an underage girl. A 17-year-old girl was found to be working in the club just months ago.
SOURCE Demonica Abron, 27, who worked as a stripper in the club, and David Bell, 22, are facing charges in connection with the 12-year-old girl's dancing in the club. Mr. Bell does not appear to have been employed by the club.

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The 23-page city ordinance allows the revocation of a club's license if, for example, the club knowingly allows prostitution, the sale or use of drugs at the club, or if there are two convictions for sex-related crimes at the club within a 12-month period.