I recently filed an open records request seeking information on undercover TABC activity at strip clubs. I asked for information on all such operations in Dallas County. Not be left out of wasting tax dollars, the Dallas Police also conduct undercover strip club operations.
I received a large stack of papers and CD with more documents. After a quick glance here are some observations.
Purchase of Evidence
TABC spends a lot of tax money on beer and lapdances. They document this waste on “purchase of evidence” reports.
Here is a POE report from Dallas for two weeks in May. It shows no less than 9 lapdances and 14 beers purchased in two days! This undercover work appears to be more of a government subsidy for strip clubs than actual law enforcement.
Keeping You Safe From….?
Let’s look at a Dallas Police Department undercover investigation of “Lipstick” a club on Harry Hines. This investigation took place between August and November 07. What dangerous criminal activitiy did DPD uncover?
Permitting Public Lewdness- Allegedly, the “VIP” section of Lipstick was a hot bed of “lewd” activity. However, the undercover cops do not really tell us what is going. Here is an example-
“The suspect… violated state public lewdness statutes by making unlawful
sexual contact with the undercover officer.”
Not a lot of details on this “unlawful sexual contact”. I can only imagine the danger this officer must have faced.
It seems as though Texas’ ban on commercial sex has not eliminated the demand. No suprise there. Prohibition never eliminates demand, it only changes who the suppliers are. However, is the threat so great we must turn cops into tricks/Johns?
From the Incident Report-
Undercover Officer- “What can I get for a $100? Can I get a f— and a b— j–?”
What can “I” get? These are tax dollars. This officer should be asking what can “we” get.
A Better Solution
If you are concerned about prostitution, unlawful solicitation of drinks, or public lewdness at strip clubs I have a suggestion- Don’t go to a strip club. If this officer had not solicited sexual services there would not have been any crime. Even if he did there would not be any victim.
Consensual crime enforcement makes us all less safe.
Opportunity costs are real. Officers who are getting lap dances are not investigating robberies, murders etc.