DETROIT (WWJ) – The Detroit City Council is gearing up for a crackdown on sexually oriented businesses within city limits.
As the law stands today, strip clubs and other adult businesses that are busted for certain violations, such as having underage dancers or gun violence, are still allowed to operate while the case is being heard.
“And so you have a situation where you can have an egregious violation but they continue to operate, receive money and continue on with that bad behavior,” Councilman Scott Benson told WWJ’s Vickie Thomas. “Now what we’re looking to do is stop that. So if you’re a bad actor, you do not get to operate during that appeal process, we can shut them down.”
Benson said public outcry is his motivation for going after defiant businesses.
“My community has let me know that they do not support the number of nonconforming sexually oriented businesses that we have that are in our neighborhoods essentially in the third district, and so we’ve been very aggressive,” he said.
A public hearing is scheduled on the issue in the next few weeks.