Authorities struggle to control the sex trafficking industry in New Orleans
Community activists, strippers, and service workers protested Thursday in New Orleans, in response to police raiding eight strip clubs in the city’s French Quarter over the past two weeks.
Police say the raids were meant to combat human trafficking, but haven’t made any arrests from the raids and police have not provided evidence of human trafficking to the public. On Monday, the Police Department and the Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control said that there were acts of prostitution, “lewd acts” and drug use, according to the New Orleans Advocate. Four of the targeted clubs have reached settlements with state officials and will be able to serve alcohol again, according to the New Orleans Advocate. The clubs will pay fines between $5,000 and $7,500.
Nessa Moreno presents an interesting first hand perspective here:
In New Orleans, an 'Anti-Trafficking' Initiative Is a Clear Move to Criminalize Strip Clubs
Anti trafficking orgs such as Covenant House in New Orleans, have historically used claims of forced sex labor to attack adult businesses, media, erotic services listing sites and the entire adult entertainment industry. The club shut downs in NOLA is a recent example of how claims of sex trafficking are exploited to attack and shut down adult entertainment businesses. There have been zero cases of trafficking connected to these clubs. Trafficking by legal definition involves force fraud and or coercion.