Houston strip clubs are now helping rape victims with a new “morality tax” which will help fund Police rape kits. Is this a smart partnership or a crusade gone mad?
The debate about whether porno and strip clubs contributes to the rape of women has gone on for decades. The answer is pretty complicated and finding a direct link will probably never be possible. But no matter which side of the fence you sit on a new initiative in Huston may appear a little strange.
The city has recently introduced a “pole tax”, which charges patrons an extra $5 to get in to any adult establishment. According to The Wall Street Journal, there are about 6,000 rape kits in police custody waiting to be tested — each test will cost about $1,100 to complete. This new tax anticipates pulling in $3 million in the first year.
Critics have called the scheme is unfair, arguing there is no firm link between rape and strip clubs. But even if there was, isn’t it a bit strange? Would we ever think it right for a tabacco company to fund a cancer unit for example?
What do you think? Should strip clubs be helping to fund services for rape victims?
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