ABC6 – Providence, RI and New Bedford, MA News, Weather
Police in the Rhode Island city of Providence are no longer permitted to work at strip clubs any more, after several women were busted trying to sell their bodies to undercover police.
Off duty police are a thing of the past at the Foxy Lady club, which recently won a State Supreme Court case that allowed them to reopen their own doors after a sting operation shut them down last month.
According to ABC6, the club can remain open as long as police provide details on weekends and holidays, as well as the condition that the VIP rooms remain closed.
However, the police no longer wish to show up for details.
“I don’t think it’s fair to the club or the other adult clubs in the city,” said Foxy Lady manager Richard Angell. “Obviously this wasn’t our decision when the decision was made. I’m sure all the other adult clubs feel the same way.”
Angell’s lawyers are working on an agreement to stay open, and he noted that PPD’s presence has always been welcome.
“We try to keep trouble to a minimum but having the Providence Police here always helps us out,” Angell said. “They’ve always been a helping hand to the Foxy Lady.”
While PPD defended the ceasing of club security, their FOP affiliates have claimed the move was a poor one.
“Past practice has shown hiring private security instead of police officers at clubs is one of the things which leads to issues at clubs. Private security will not deter criminal activity in clubs nor will they control what happens and are more likely to not report things when they do,” the Providence Fraternal Order of Police statement read. “Keep in mind the incident in question which ultimately led to the commissioners action today took place at a time when police were not on duty.”
It is unknown if the club will be able to remain open.
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