Monday, February 04, 2008

Prohibition Never Works

Making something illegal does not eliminate the demand. And it often leads to an increase in other illegal activities as well. For example, make strip clubs illegal, and you'll have underground clubs pop up, but the underground clubs will likely also offer other illegal services, like prostitution. The lesson? Keep strip clubs legal, regulate them, and you'll be better off.

Here that Toledo?
Associated Press - February 3, 2008 1:55 PM ET
Secret nightclubs open as strip club restrictions go into effect
CLEVELAND (AP) - Police say underground nightclubs where patrons can smoke freely and watch strippers after midnight have opened in some of Cleveland's residential neighborhoods since the state began enforcing new restrictions on strip clubs and public smoking last year.

Some of the nightclubs, also called "smokehouses," offer customers the opportunity to have sex with prostitutes.

Informants have told police that patrons are mostly white suburban men. Customers bring their own liquor, cigarettes and cigars.

Cleveland police Detective Tom Shoulders says the smokehouses are comparable to the illegal gin houses, or "speakeasys" that operated during Prohibition in the 1920s and early 1930s.

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