CNN Money: Strippers vs. Clubs in fight over Labor Rights

  CNN Money interviewed me & some other strippers regarding employment rights entitled “Strippers vs. Clubs in fight over Labor Rights.”  I appreciate that they focused on the labor aspects of stripping to debunk the notion that strippers are independent contractors when in fact they’re employees.  The article also quoted 1 of our supporters, Shannon … Continue reading

What Would You Do to Stay In Control?

(1.)  character profile:  Mariko Passion If your workplace engaged in illegal labor practices, what would you do to stay in control? MARIKO PASSION quits stripping at her favorite club as the work becomes increasingly sexual and spills into her personal life. After she files wage complaints against former strip club employers to collect her back-wages … Continue reading

Fund this Film!

We’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to complete a rough cut of our feature documentary, License to Pimp. Please support us in getting this story seen & heard!   License to Pimp CHARACTERS & STORY: License to Pimp is a feature documentary about the choices that three San Francisco strippers make as their workplaces engage in … Continue reading

Stripper kicks at FlashDancers’ kickbacks (NYC)

March 26, 2011 NYC   She willingly sheds her clothes for money but doesn’t think she should pay for the privilege. A dancer at three city strip clubs yesterday filed suit over allegations that the club owners make her pay illegal kickbacks in order to strut her stuff. In her class-action complaint filed in Manhattan … Continue reading

Police raid nabs 7 on prostitution charges in CT Strip Bar

Nov. 24, 2010 Bridgeport, CT Police raided a city strip bar and arrested seven people on prostitution charges. Police said the bartender, bouncer, three female dancers and two male patrons were arrested during the raid Sunday night at Pleasant Moments Cafe on William Street. According to police, state Liquor Control agents were undercover in the … Continue reading

Exclusive: Diary of a Call Girl Turned Teacher (part I & II)

Part I: In college, she stripped. In graduate school she sold sex on Craigslist. Then Melissa Petro became a popular grade-school teacher, known for inspiring her students. Her secret past could have stayed that way — until she blogged about it. Sitting at home on a sunny fall afternoon, coffee in hand, Melissa Petro looks … Continue reading

Gilgo and Cedar Beach Serial Killer is on the loose

Dec. 14, 2010 Suffolk County, NY Suffolk County’s top cop said Tuesday that a serial murderer could be on the loose, as authorities searched a pristine coastal island where four corpses have been found. “We could have a serial killer,” Police Commissioner Richard Dormer told reporters on the windswept barrier island where the bodies were … Continue reading

Union Square, 3:18 P.M.

March 18, 2011 NY, NY Supporters of sex workers rallied at Union Square to celebrate the American government’s endorsement of a United Nations measure condemning human-rights abuses against sex workers. The New York Times photo: Robert Caplin article: http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/18/union-square-318-p-m

Teacher discusses past as Stripper: “I never anticipated the backlash”

(Dec. 22, 2010; Park Township, MI) Suspended West Ottawa High School teacher Susan Brennan is not proud of her past stint as a stripper, but cautions others about casting aspersions on people in the skin-flashing industry. “There are a lot of assumptions people make that are not true,” said the 20-year English teacher, in a … Continue reading

Penthouse dancer Leslie Liwanag’s lawsuit: “I had to pay jiggle joint to perform!”

(Feb. 12, 2010; NYC) A Penthouse dancer claims the famous jiggle joint cheats its performers out of wages, withholds tips and even charges them for the privilege of working there, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in Manhattan federal court. Leslie Liwanag claims the club takes a 20% slice out of dancers’ tips, makes them … Continue reading