Unfortunately, stripper harassment is prevalent but legal help is available
Strip clubs are not always run by wholesome people and you can't really choose your customers, so there is always the possibility of stripper harassment and violence being inflicted on sex club workers.
What is the hardest thing about being a stripper?
A stripper harassment client told us that the hardest part of the stripping world wasn't the taking off clothes and dancing naked in front of people for her and her colleagues. It was the bullying, control and harassment of strippers that they experienced from the Managers and customers, along with the knowledge that it would be hard to report any abuse to doctors and police and get legal help, due to the stigma and lack of support consensus and because of fear of further incrimination.
The stripper that we shall call Joanna had joined the stripping world through choice when she left school, and not because she desperately needed the money to put food on the table, since her parents paid her rent and living expenses. Joanna had become a stripper because she craved an outlet for her sexual expression, didn't want a 9-5 Monday to Friday job and wanted financial independence. It seemed like an easy option, getting paid to dance, keep fit and release her inner extrovert. Her rebellious side saw stripping as liberating, since she also wore a wig and a mask in her performances. It was her secret.
When a stripper starting to feel trapped, usually it is the beginning of a new career
As time went by, Joanna felt that she was getting trapped. The Manager started to threaten that she wasn't selling herself enough and that she had to make more money or there would be serious consequences. She thought about leaving the sex club and look for something outside of the sex club industry but hadn't thought about the huge gap in her CV and how she would explain what she had been doing to any future employer. So, she stayed and endured the stripper harassment. The Manager upped his abuse from not only mental but physical abuse and started threatening her and blackmailing her with exposure by uploading her filmed sex acts and legal name onto the internet, if she didn't comply to certain customer and club demands.
Navigating the secrecy of working in a sex club
Navigating the secrecy of working in a sex club, coupled with the societal stigmatisation and the oppression that she felt from the sex club manager stopped Joanna from seeking help from the police and a doctor, since doctors' surgeries are not the most private of places (always, a receptionist needs details of why you want to see your doctor and this can be overheard by others and is documented by office staff that may not be bound by confidentiality). Joanna could not risk anyone finding out about her stripping and yet she felt trapped, since she feared the sex club manager, which led to her feeling isolated. The bullying and stripper harassment that she was experiencing was taking its toll.
She took to drinking lots of alcohol to get her through the shifts. Joanna wasn't feeling so liberated anymore.
Legal help for strippers who suffer harassment or misstreatment
This misconception that there aren't any lawyers that would help anyone experiencing stripper harassment or anyone that works in the sex industry, whether it is circumstance, choice or coercion is false because we are here to provide support. We represent people that have found themselves in similar exploitive situations, with all the issues and challenges that they are facing in the sex industry.
We legally represent sex workers, who suffer abuse, coercive control and harassment. We want people who work in the adult industry to know that we will help them with any harassment issue. We can apply for anonymity from the courts and we are discreet, we don't judge and we are confidential. You only have to fear violence and feel alarm and distress on two occasions for this to amount to the criminal offence of Controlling and Coercive Behaviour, which is another form of harassment - a criminal offence and civil wrongdoing. Blackmail is another serious criminal offence and is on the uprise, unfortunately.
It doesn't matter whether the demands are possible or how the demands are made; implied, expressed, spoken, written or through conduct. Uploading a film of a sexual nature without consent is a Revenge Porn issue and is a criminal offence. We will take care of everything necessary, no matter how complex you feel what you are going through is, and you will feel that support and discretion when you call us. If you have suffered stripper harassment, as well as had your strip work videos uploaded without your consent, say, we can take sexy films off the internet as soon as possible and monitor the internet, whilst we work on your case.
Call for a confidential, comprehensive consultation today if you are suffering from stripper harassment or any other legal matter regarding your sex work. We assure you that we can support you getting on the road back to safety and freedom again. 0800-612-7211