Chicago, and Illinois at large, is a dynamic place
with a great deal to offer visitors. Unfortunately, Illinois also has a
number of strip clubs that frequently mistreat their employees and are
the site of sexual exploitation. In your recent article, The 14 Best Strip Clubs in Illinois,
you recommend visits to strip clubs throughout the state. Did you know
that many of these clubs have owners that abuse their position by using
coercive tactics to profit from the sexual exploitation of their
What may seem like a casual environment free from harm
is actually a very exploitative and harmful workplace. There is a
correlation between strip clubs, alcohol and violence against women.
Studies have found a variety of negative consequences to having sexually
oriented businesses in a community, including prostitution, sexual
assault, and exploitation. In a Chicago study, 43% of women in strip
clubs experienced frequent violence including being slapped, punched,
kicked, raped, and assaulted.
In 2012, the Illinois General
Assembly passed a law that collects new fees from strip clubs that also
sell alcohol and distributes those fees to rape crisis centers because
they recognized the harms these clubs present to their communities.
Encouraging this industry only increases the very real harm inflicted on
women and girls in our communities.
If you'd like to learn more about ending sexual exploitation please contact the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation.
Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation