A group of lap-dancers who were filmed without their consent at a strip club have dropped their privacy case.
Feminists commissioned the covert filming which showed dancers sexually touching customers and each other at Spearmint Rhino in Sheffield.
Lap dancers, supported by the club, took legal action against the filming, saying their human rights had been breached.
However, the case has been discontinued with Spearmint Rhino agreeing to pay almost £50,000 in costs.
feminist group Not Buying It said it hoped the outcome would embolden others to come forward.
It is understood that the club felt it could have won the case but decided not to pursue it because of added financial limitations due to the coronavirus
crisis. All lap-dancing clubs remain closed as part of measures to curb the coronavirus pandemic.
Not Buying it is understood to have commissioned private investigators to visit the strip club, as well as another in London, wearing glasses containing
A group of nine workers from the club then went to court claiming publication of the footage would infringe their human right to respect for private life .
Spearmint Rhino in Sheffield had its licence renewed last year,
however campaigners are challenging this with a judicial review expected to be heard later this year.
A Blackpool lap dancing club has been allowed to keep its licence after councillors dismissed unsubstantiated allegations against the operator.
The licensee appeared before a meeting of the council's public protection sub-committee after an objection
was received to his application to renew the sexual entertainment venue licence at Sinless on Central Promenade.
The meeting heard allegations had been made against Mr Newton that he had acted inappropriately towards female performers, encouraged
drug taking and allowed under-age drinking and performing.
The authority found no evidence to back up the claims.
Porn superstar Mia Khalifa has changed her mind about wanting to be a porn star and is campaigning to get her videos taken down seemingly claiming some sort of retrospective withdrawal of consent. Of course all the videos were properly licensed for
distribution and the licence holders are not keen on losing a significant revenue stream.
Porn company BangBros are most effected and so are contesting claims that Khalifa had only a short 11 film porn career. Now BangBros have responded with a list
of 28 films that feature Khalifa.
Khalifa porn collector's may be interested in knowing the films required for the complete collecton. Based on BangBros' list, Khalifa made seven videos for Scoreland, two for John Stone XXX, one for TR Productions
and 18 for Bangbros for a total of 28 videos. The total count has 17 more videos than what Khalifa claimed.
Khalifa also said she only made $12,000 from her short stint. However, in BangBros' responded that the company paid her $178,000. The adult
site also debunked her claim that she was only a part of the porn industry for three months because she allegedly started in mid-2014 and only left in July 2017.
Canada's province of British Columbia have issued guidelines recommending the use of glory holes as a method of COVID-safe sex.
Previously New York guidelines suggested the use of barriers to avoid risky, face-to-face contact during sex, B.C. health
officials have specifically recommended glory holes to allow for sexual contact but prevent close face-to-face contact.
The B.C. health officials say that sexual partners should wear facial masks during their activities specifically because heavy
breathing during sex can create more droplets that may transmit COVID-19.
Amsterdam is banning the sale of alcohol in shops in the Red Light District over the weekend, in an attempt to restrict crowds in the popular area. More enforcement officers will be deployed to make sure everyone is adhering to social distancing. And day
trippers and tourists will be urged to avoid crowds with targeted ads on their social media.
Femke Halsema, mayor of Amsterdam said:
We are taking these measures because we are responsible for the health of
residents and visitors. This includes an urgent appeal to everyone who visits our city, be careful, avoid crowds, and follow the corona rules. It is very important that everyone keeps their distance from each other, both the Amsterdammer and the
international tourist. On the street and in the catering industry. Only together can we prevent new outbreaks of the virus. A new lockdown is the last thing we want.
The sale of alcohol in Red Light District shops will be banned from
4:00 p.m. on Thursday until midnight on Sunday. According to the security region, alcohol bought from these stores is often consumed on the street.
Pornography websites are among the most well trafficked in the world, attracting an even greater number of visitors than household names such as Netflix, Amazon and Reddit, new research has found.
According to analysis from web hosting company
Fasthosts, Xvideos and Pornhub are the two most popular adult entertainment websites , receiving an average of 3.1 and 2.9 trillion monthly visitors respectively. The two pornography giants outrank Amazon (2.3 trillion), Netflix (2.2 trillion) and Reddit
(1.3 trillion), highlighting the sheer scale of the modern pornography industry.
According to Fasthosts, the top ten busiest websites in the world consist almost exclusively of search engines and social media sites. Google is by far the most popular,
attracting 78.6 trillion visitors per month - more than twice as many as any other website. YouTube takes second spot on the list with 29.3 trillion monthly visitors, followed by Facebook with 23.5 trillion.
According to the PornHub Insights blog,
traffic to the website increased dramatically in mid-March, coinciding with the introduction of coronavirus lockdown measures across the globe. At its peak on March 25, PornHub traffic was 23% higher than the usual average and remained between 10-20%
above average throughout May.
A new law criminalizing payment for sexual services took effect in Israel last week. A new survey by Tel Aviv University found that nearly one in every three Israeli men say they have paid for sex at least one time in their lives, and one in six say that
they have paid on multiple occasions.
Sex work has long been legalized in Israel 204 but most of the activities that make professional sex work possible are not. Operating a brothel and pimping are outlawed in the country of about 8.8 million, and in
January of last year, Israel's Knesset, or parliament, passed a new law making the payment of money for sexual services a crime.
That law finally took effect on July 10 of this year. Not only is paying for sex illegal under the new law, but even
seeking the services of a sex worker can now be punished by a fine ranging from the equivalent of $530 for a first offense, to a maximum of $20,400 for repeat offenses, according to a report by The Times of Israel .
In fact, the law now makes it
illegal even to be caught in a place where sexual services are offered, such as a brothel.
A monopoly of one strip club will continue to be enforced by Watford Borough Council.
The Council's existing licensing policy limits the number of sexual entertainment venues in the borough to just one. And since 2011 the only sexual entertainment
venue in the borough has been teh Diamond and Strings lap dancing club in Market Street.
But on July 7th, members of the council's licensing committee met to consider whether the number of venues allowed in the town should be increased. But the
committee agreed that the existing monopoly should remain in place for a further three years when the policy will be reviewed again.
Pornhub is offering free ad space to small companies that have been hit hard by the pandemic.
The website has announced its Big Package project -- a relief initiative to help small businesses that have been hit hard by the pandemic. The adult site is
offering companies with 100 employees or less the chance to create a series of customised ads to feature (for free) on the website. A selection of 100 businesses will be awarded one billion ad impressions, harnessing Pornhub's 130 million daily users.
The U.K. government is set to invest £170,000 into a company that runs adult parties for the rich and famous around the world.
Founded in 2005 by Emma Sayle, Killing Kittens hosts exclusive events in cities like London, Manchester and Los Angeles.
The company explains on its website:
Our world-famous parties are designed to encourage, liberate, build confidence and allow experimentation all within a safe environment led by our Kittens. Burlesque performances,
ornate townhouses, countryside mansions. We guarantee it's like nothing you've ever experienced before.
Killing Kittens launched a crowdfunding campaign on the Seedrs platform in May. It raised £170,000 from Seedrs investors, which the
government is planning to match through its Future Fund scheme, bringing total investment to £340,000. When the deal is complete, the U.K. taxpayer will hold a 1.47% equity stake in Killing Kittens.
Germany has been releasing most businesses from coronavirus lockdown but the country's sex work industry remains banned. Brothels and similar sex-related businesses have been closed since mid-March due to the pandemic -- though other close-contact
businesses such as nail salons and massage therapy parlors have been permitted to reopen.
In response, a group of sex workers in Berlin staged a protest on Friday, wielding an inflatable sex doll outside the Bundesrat, the upper house of Germany's
parliament. The protesters also brandished placards with slogans including, Let us work, Open the brothels now , and Our sector is being driven underground.
The Federal Association for Erotic and Sex Services, a trade association and
lobbying group for the sex industry, said that the sex workers seem to have been forgotten by politicians. The trade group called the continued shutdown of the sex industry incomprehensible in view of the developments in other sectors.
The number of city strip clubs in Norwich is set to be restricted after councillors agreed a new licensing policy.
Councillors decided to restrict the number of licensed sexual entertainment venues (SEV) to two in the inner city and two in the wider
outer city area.
A report on the measures claimed that concentration of licensed premises in a particular area can result in a potential fear of crime, anti-social behaviour, noise pollution and other disturbance.
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