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But strip club employees said it could lead to exploitation if the industry went "underground". They have this theory that SEVs are causing an increase in sexual violence in the area.
Dancers who perform at sexual entertainment venues SEVs fear a proposed ban could have a "devastating" impact on their livelihoods and safety. She said: "I would be absolutely devastated if a ban was to go through. The council's licensing committee will vote on the proposal - called a "nil cap" - on 8 March.
Strip and pole-dancing clubs are legal and it is up to individual councils whether to grant licences. If Bristol City Council votes for the ban on 8 March, a week public consultation will follow.
Kayleigh Hide, 33, a lap-dancer at the clubs from tosaid the ban would be "irresponsible" and would "drive the industry underground" where it would become dangerous. Bristol Bristol City Council.
A Bristol City Council report prepared ahead of the 8 March meeting said some research showed lap-dancing clubs "normalise the sexual objectification of women" and "may attract and generate prostitution". She said: "This will create a void that could be club by some to exploit vulnerable people who would otherwise have legitimate jobs in the clubs. But the report also said there was no evidence of a rise in crime in the vicinity of Bristol's SEVs, and banning the clubs was likely to have a negative impact on the livelihood of predominantly female employees.
At the annual licence renewal hearings for venues Urban Tiger sex Central Chambers inpole-dancers said they were feminists and had a right to choose how they earned a strip.
In a statement to the licensing committee, it said: "It is our clear view that the women of this city stand no chance of gaining equality with men while the council continues to licence sexism via SEVs. More on this story. It's their choice, it's their job, and we all pay our taxes.
Public consultations showed the majority of respondents were happy for SEVs to operate in Bristol, provided they were away from places such as schools and places of worship. Women's rights campaigners back the closure of SEVs, claiming their existence is "licensing sexism".
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