Lap dancing clubs are 'cafes under UK law
The number of lap dancing clubs in Britain has doubled to 300 in the last four years because of a loophole that allows them to be licensed in the same way as cafe. According to a new report by campaign group Object, which challenges sexual objectification, the number of clubs has boomed since the 2003 Licensing Act because they fall in the same category as caf?and karaoke nights rather than under the legislation that controls the sex industry. The group's survey shows that so-called "gentlemen's evenings" have reached as far afield as Burnham-On-Sea and historic Stourbridge, and five local authorities which have blocked lap dancing club applications have been defeated on appeal. Presumably this isn't what former
Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell meant when she said she wanted to bring a "cafe culture" to Britain.