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Birmingham's Lap Dancers Quit

BIRMINGHAM’S lapdancers are feeling the squeeze – with claims that hard-up club bosses are keeping half of their night’s takings to help their businesses survive.

One of the glamour girls, 25-year-old Jade, said dancers were walking away from the industry in droves because they were losing so much cash at the end of every shift.

And former Rocket Club boss Allan Sartori said new £10,000-a-year sex entertainment licences and the impact of the downturn were hitting the lap-dancing sector hard.

Jade said: “I worked in the industry for five years and on a good night you could make £400 or £500 and keep all of it, apart from a house fee.

“From 2010, I was having to work all week to make the sort of money I had been making in a single night. Some clubs are now de-manding half the girls’ money.”

LAP dancing clubs in Birmingham could soon be banned from using porn to promote themselves, if a Tory councillor has his way.

Coun Nigel Dawkins has called for the sex establishments not to be allowed to use pornographic images on their websites.

He made the comments at the council’s licensing committee where councillors were fine-tuning their policy on lap dancing clubs.

Since last January, lap dancing clubs have had to apply for a Sexual Entertainment Venue (SEV) licence.

The committee has the power to refuse the licences and set the conditions under which they have to operate.