Photographed on Saturday, January 20, New Orleans police and state authorities said Monday Jan. The NOPD and the state Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control ATC also disclosed other illegal activity in the clubs, including drug sales and "lewd acts," which generally involve touching or exposure that is illegal under state law.
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Although no arrests have been made involving that specific charge, Harrison said the investigation is ongoing and more arrests could be forthcoming. Sex trafficking is generally defined as a person performing a commercial sex act under threat, fraud or coercion.
Harrison said that the atmosphere on Bourbon Street can contribute to illegal activity. Harrison went on to vow to "put the pimps and those who profit from these crimes out of business. Dancers in French Quarter strip clubs have questioned why authorities have used strip clubs to target the broader problem of human trafficking.
Some who have organized a group, the Bourbon Alliance of Responsible Entertainers, say law enforcement officials have not cited any evidence of human trafficking as reason for shutting down clubs. She said that it is "irresponsible to legitimize raids and over-enforcement with unproven allegations of sex trafficking.
Thursday on Bourbon Street. Dancers have also complained of mistreatment during the raids and loss of earnings as some clubs have shut down.
Four cited clubs -- Temptations, Stilettos, Scores and Dixie Divas -- have remained open, though they can't serve alcohol. Rutherford said the "raids have put scores of people out of work without one arrest of a pimp or trafficker.
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ATC Commissioner Juana Marine-Lombard said the agency has no issues with dancers who aren't involved in illegal activity. Clubs that had their liquor s suspended face hearings on Feb. Officials detailed the following charges Monday morning:. ScoresBourbon St. On two occasions, agents said they saw dancers with their full breasts or genitals displayed, and three dancers allegedly caressed or fondled an agent's genitals on three occasions.
Dixie DivasIberville St. Agents said they were offered cocaine or marijuana on Nov. Rick's Sporting SaloonBourbon St. On five separate occasions, the ATC reported a dancer touched an agent's genitals; on Dec. Hunk OasisBourbon St. The dancer also displayed his genitals on two occasions and rubbed it on a patron.
There was a second instance of a dancer showing his genitals to a patron. Rick's CabaretBourbon St. Dancers were seen displaying their breasts or genitals on four different occasionsthe ATC said, and on Dec. Stiletto'sBourbon St. On Dec. Also on Dec. On one occasion, on Dec. TemptationsBourbon St. On two different occasions, dancers exposed their breasts while not on stage; on two separate occasions dancers also exposed their genitals, ATC agents said. On two different occasions, agents were encouraged to touch dancers' breasts, and they also observed on two occasions dancers allowing another person to touch their genitals.
Fred Herman, an attorney for Temptations and Stilettos, declined to comment on the specific charges. Harrison said charges against individuals in the clubs at the time of the raids were also likely. Update: Ann Kesler, the manager of Hustler Barely Legal Club, issued a statement saying that any dancers that were involved in illegal activities reported in the ATC investigation have been terminated.
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She also noted that the club had not been cited for involvement in sex trafficking, saying that the club is "extremely vigilant" about that type of illegal activity. Edit Close. Toggle. Close 1 of 4. Buy Now.
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