An X-rated strip club in Houston is about to go PG.
At the behest of District Judge Alexandra Smoots-Hogan, patrons of Treasures Strip Club must tuck in their shirts and strippers are forbidden from showing their backsides, the Houston Chronicle reported Monday.
“I saw far too much tokus for my liking," the Chronicle quoted the judge as saying after she reviewed video footage taken at the club.
The crackdown (no pun intended) comes amid allegations by Houston and Harris County officials that Treasures Strip Club is a hot-spot for prostitution, drugs and illegal weapons.
Leading up to a December trial, the court issued on Monday a list of temporary rules at the club, including some that the club’s attorneys called “overly burdensome.”
"They want to try and make it impossible for us to do business in Houston," Treasures' attorney Al Van Huff told the Chronicle of the case back in July. "We don't want to be targeted anymore."
In addition to the restrictions on untucked shirts and exposed behinds, the judge reportedly ordered Treasures to fire anyone on the payroll who has been convicted of a felony in the past decade as well as operate a total of 26 video cameras and turn over the tapes to government lawyers on a weekly basis.
“If they follow the court's orders, work with us, we work with them ... We don't want to close them if they will obey the law," a city official told the Chronicle. Attorneys for Treasures reportedly said they will file an appeal of the temporary orders.
This isn’t the first time Houston has clashed with its strip clubs. In July, the city hit local strip joints with a so-called “pole tax.” The ordinance requires clubs to pay a $5-per-visitor fee to help fund rape investigations by local police.
While club owners criticized the tax as draconian, supporters contended that “strip clubs should shoulder some of the costs of rape investigations because the establishments can cultivate unhealthy attitudes toward women that can lead to sexual assaults,” the Wall Street Journal reported at the time.
(Hat tip: The Consumerist)
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