Alabama Cops Arrest 18 Strippers for Disrobing Without the Proper License

More occupational licensing madness, this time in Alabama

An early-morning bust at a Birmingham nightclub led to the arrests of 18 dancers and their manager.

The Birmingham Police Department's vice and narcotics team raided the Black Magic Club on Lomb Avenue just after midnight, making more than two dozens arrests total and seizing drugs and guns, police said today.

Police targeted the club after receiving complaints about illegal nude dancers and other illegal activity at the club, said vice and narcotics Lt. Ron Sellers.

Officers did surveillance on the business, and put undercover officers inside the club before carrying out this morning's operation.

The dancers and the club manager were arrested for doing business without a license. Sellers said dancers are licensed to work at a specific club, and these dancers were not licensed for the Black Magic Club. "A lot of these places bring dancers in from outside of Birmingham," Sellers said.

The Institute for Justice released a depressing report on the evils of occupational licensing earlier this month. Among IJ's findings: "States consider an average of 33 days of training and two exams enough preparation for EMTs, but demand 10 times the training—372 days, on average—for cosmetologists." 

CNBC wrote up IJ's report last week

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  • Ken Shultz||

    Well, it's important to protect the public from unlicensed gyrating, which, when done improperly, can be a threat to public health.

    Those things can be dangerous, especially at lower temperatures. It's always fun--until someone loses an eye.

  • ¿Ex Nihilo?||

    Ken, you don't understand. There is no other crime in Birmingham, it's been totally eradicated. What else are the police going to focus on??

  • sarcasmic||

    Those nipples can become dangerously hard and pointy, you know.
    Get whacked in the face with one of those things and there is serious risk of eye injury.
    Only licensed professionals can be trusted with such work.

  • Jerryskids||

    "A lot of these places bring dancers in from outside of Birmingham"

    With so many unemployed steelworkers in Birmingham, it is important to promote local jobs.

    Where in the story did you see anything that implied these were female dancers?

  • Jerryskids||

    Dedicated to the United Steelworkers of America .. keep reaching for that rainbow!

  • fried wylie||

    *insert Simpsons steel-plant clip here*

  • ||

    put undercover officers inside the club

    I'll bet they did!!

  • niobiumstudio||

    Don't forget, when busting girls for prostitution or illegal "sexual" activities, the officers HAVE to finish to ensure that they have a case. They have to take a handy for society... never forget, that BJ they got from bubbles was for the children...

  • ||

    I'm sure it was to protect the children.

  • Jerry||

    Sellers said dancers are licensed to work at a specific club, and these dancers were not licensed for the Black Magic Club.


    They're only allowed to work at the club nearest to Sellers's home.

  • Brandon||

    So the state of Alabama is bringing back indentured servitude?

  • Rich||

    "A lot of the patrons don't realize there was illegal activity going on. They're just there for the show," Sellers said. "But we know otherwise."

    That is one chilling statment.

  • Rich||

    Statement, even.

  • Pi Guy||

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  • Eduard van Haalen||

    No, accept no substitutes, I will provide the necessary training. I give hands-on, individualized instruction in lap-dancing, gyrating, and happy endings. You will get to practice all your techniques and receive immediate feedback. I give great feedback.

    Just drop by my van. If it's rocking, come back later.

  • Voros McCracken||

    "Officers did surveillance on the business, and put undercover officers inside the club before carrying out this morning's operation."

    Of course they did...

  • AlmightyJB||

    This is nothing more than harassment. Plain old fashioned bullying. The question is who put them up to it. Church ladies or competing clubs?

  • sarcasmic||

    Could be retaliation for a dancer refusing to do certain favors for cop.

  • sarcasmic||

    *a*

  • Mensan||

    That's what I was thinking. Or just a customer who got bounced, or a jealous ex-boyfriend, or a stripper who got fired for selling BJs in the parking lot. Whoever it was, I'm sure they just complained out of spite or for revenge.

  • perlhaqr||

    How much training does it take to be able to take off your clothes?

  • Mensan||

    FWIW, best I can tell from the City of Birmingham website, the licensing is a city ordnance, not state law.

  • Coach Outlet123||

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