Which brings me to my next point: Most strippers are not prostitutes! Even in the so-called VIP areas of some clubs, if you try to unzip you are promptly informed by the girl herself that going any further than the actual dance is illegal and will not be tolerated by management. Although a little groping is usually tolerated (especially if the customers tip well), outright prostitution is generally frowned upon by the clubs. I’ve heard of girls being fired even for giving a lowly hand job — or, for that matter, coming to work drunk or stoned. I’m not suggesting that sex-for-pay has never happened in these establishments, but that it’s the exception, not the rule.
Finally, I would like to suggest that not all strip-club owners are “certifiable scumbags.” For that, you’ll have to look toward the vice squad and a small minority of the patrons. Indeed, the club owners and the dancers I have known often seem to possess more character and honesty than their shrill opponents.