The mayor of Providence, R. A producer for WJAR was allegedly offered sex for money by dancers during each of four trips over the past three months to a Providence club called the Cadillac Lounge. Read the WJAR reports here and here.
In addition, private investigators working for a private client in Providence alleged in confidential reports provided to WJAR that prostitution was occurring at two other strip clubs as well. Video from the Cadillac Lounge and Club Desire documenting the offers of sex was aired on the station Monday and Tuesday night, and the investigators also provided a report alleging that a similar offer was made at a club called Fantasies.
Shappy did not respond to the request for comment.
Calls to Fantasies were not returned. Watch part two of the WJAR investigation. Mayor Angel Taveras told the station via a spokesman that he would introduce ordinances banning private booths at entertainment clubs and calling for mandatory revocation of a club after one instance of prostitution or one instance of using underage girls as dancers. The WJAR investigation comes after a Providence strip club called Cheaters was temporarily closed recently when police allegedly found open prostitution and a year-old stripper on the premises.
According to authorities, the underage stripper was allegedly being pimped out by a Massachusetts man. Charles Tapalian said that the year-old dancer found at the club, who was allegedly hired at age 14, had a phony id and had the appearance of an older person.
But the majority leader of the Providence City Council said he wants to eliminate the pay of the licensing board because of its decision not to shut the club immediately. Andrew Annaldo, who chairs the Board of s, said it was "retribution" and "counter to democracy" to propose a law that would revoke pay for board members.
He also defended his board's decision to suspend Cheaters' s rather than revoke them, saying it was consistent with the evidence. Said Annaldo, "If I thought for one second that the e intentionally hired a year-old, the Board of s would've stripped that in a split second. But that wasn't the evidence that was presented.
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