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Matter of choice

GAIA head responds to condemenation of strip clubs

The Freundel Stuart administration has been formally asked to intervene to regulate the adult entertainment industry and bring an end to constant raids at strip clubs across the island.

After holding talks with local club owners, the Global Adult Industry Association (GAIA) has written to Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler, Minister of Commerce, Industry, International Business and Small Business Development Donville Inniss and Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy, outlining recommendations its wants Government to seriously consider.

GAIA president Charles Charlie Spice Lewis said he had written the Government ministers to explain the club owners’ concerns about the repeated raids and highlight the benefits that regulating the sector would bring for the economy.

Those suggestions include the appointment of an Adult Entertainment Committee to develop, implement and manage the regulatory framework and guidelines for strip clubs to operate in Barbados “safely, legally and in a socially responsible manner” and the introduction of: a zoning system to ensure clubs are restricted to designated areas, a licence to authorize owners to set up and operate adult entertainment establishments featuring exotic dancers, a new immigration entry visa to permit dancers from other countries to work in licensed strip joints in Barbados for one to three months for a fee, and strict guidelines for dancers working in the clubs.

Charles ‘Charlie Spice’ Lewis

Charles ‘Charlie Spice’ Lewis

“The benefits of regulating the clubs in Barbados are considerable and will make a noticeably positive impact on the lives of many people and to our struggling economy,” he said in a statement issued before he called a Press conference at the Lucky Horseshoe Restaurant in Worthing, Christ Church this afternoon.

“We therefore urge the Government to give our recommendations serious consideration in the best interest of the large number of constituents who patronize these establishments regularly, the entertainment needs of our visitors and the . . . survival of our economy.”

Flanked by three club owners who did not want to be named, Lewis said the proposed guidelines for the clubs would improve standards, operating procedures, and provide a code of conduct, while addressing the concerns of the health, police and immigration authorities.

He added that the Adult Entertainment Committee would monitor the clubs to ensure that the owners, managers, employees and dancers adhered to the guidelines.

Lewis also addressed the issue of morality and the religious community’s condemnation of the adult
entertainment sector.

While saying there were moral lines that club owners would not cross -such as encouraging prostitution, drugs, guns or nudity – he said morality was a personal choice.

“I believe that some of the very lewd behaviour should be tapered a bit. However, if consenting adults – dancers – make a conscious choice to provide very edgy entertainment, then by whose definition is the dignity out of order? The people who don’t want it or don’t support it?” he questioned.

“It is a choice that women make; women are not forced. In fact, I don’t think that strip club owners would have a problem if the very extreme acts are done away with.”

Lewis estimated that between 30,000 and 40,000 people patronize strip clubs in Barbados.

6 Responses to Matter of choice

  1. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince March 7, 2015 at 2:15 am

    Stop exploiting women, get a real job. Misogynist. .

  2. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince March 7, 2015 at 2:15 am

    You look like the devil.

  3. Damian Hinkson
    Damian Hinkson March 7, 2015 at 8:07 am

    wonder what the female workers would say if they had a voice.

  4. Tony Waterman March 7, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    @Anne Ince!!! “”Stop exploiting women, get a real job. Misogynist.\”” Where in any of this Controversy, is there any mention of Mr. Lewis or any of his Associates Putting a GUN to the Heads of any of these Women, and forcing them to do anything that they did not want to do???
    If he looks to you like the DEVIL, you are just seeing the reflection of many more BAJANS in him,he is not the only DEVIL in BIM.

    @Damian Hinkson!!! They did have a voice, they said YES to Mr.Lewis’ proposition, they could have on the other hand said “NO”.

  5. Maxine Hutchinson March 7, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Are these people aware that when they use the money they make from such entertainment to purchase anything that eventually, everything around them begins to crumble? Ask them to take note of this result and stop using vulnerable women as prostitutes for their so-called business. The prostitutes also end up with demonic symptoms.

  6. Olutoye Walrond March 9, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Not my kind of entertainment; but I have to agree with Mr. Lewis. People have a choice: they can choose to say ‘no’ to this kind of work/entertainment.

    Morality is not a legislated principle. It is very much left to the individual citizen to determine what kind of morality he will observe – if any.

    No one else can make that choice for us.


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