BARBADOS (Naked Departure) — STRIP CLUBS and REGULATIONS — Reaction to press article “Call to pull strip clubs into tax net”:
“The reporter from the Nation Newspaper contacted me a few days ago and informed that they were publishing an article about regulation, taxation, human trafficking and other issues related to Strip Clubs and other sectors of the adult industry of Barbados.
They wanted to get my opinions on these topics, which I unapologetically gave in the best interest of all sectors of the local adult industry and the relevant authorities.
Over the past 15 years, adult entertainment in Barbados has grown to industry proportions. In spite of the pressure from the conservative and hypocritical sectors of our society, this growth will continue exponentially from year to year.
Therefore, the implementation of regulations and policies within this industry is the only realistic, viable and sustainable solution to address and manage the following related concerns:
1) Human trafficking
2) Violation of the human rights of strippers and other adult industry professionals
3) Immigration issues related to foreign dancers
4) HIV, AIDS and other related health issues
6) Increase in revenue to the economy
7) Boost in foreign currency
8) Impact on tourism
9 Increase in revenue for Stip Club owners
10 Improvements of standards within the Strip Club sector
11) Access to a global network of better dancers
12 Increase in foreign investment potential
Since the article titled “Call to pull strip clubs into tax net” came out in the Nation Newspaper on Sunday 12th Sept 2016, some Strip Club owners have already reached out to me and are clearly not happy that I have spoken out and shared my views publicly.
But little do they realise that the dialogue on this matter has already been started by government officials long time ago in closed door meetings, and the press will always publish the articles about this hot, taboo topic with or without my comments.
It is also my opinion that Strip Club owners are doing themselves a disservice by not speaking out and voicing their concerns and opinions.
They too are burying their heads in the sand as though the knowledge of their existence will magically disappear and one day they will be accepted by society.
There will come a time when the relevant authorities will give in the pressure by the conservative and hypocritical sectors of society, and implement policies which will go beyond the occasional raids on clubs, arrests and deportations carried out by joint Police and Immigration task force.
I firmly believe that all Strip Club owners have a duty to themselves and to their industry to speak out so that their views and concerns are considered when closed-door policy discussions are held by relevant authorities and stakeholders.” Charlie Spice