Quick Index
 Adult Industry News
Search AINews Database
Type Keyword or Phrase Here
Pornography feminists unshackle their desires and celebrate their sexuality in the patriarchal world EXPO 2015, August 23-26, New Orleans

Front Page
Film News
Media News
Business News
Clubs & Appearances
Law & Politics
Internet & Mobile News
Lifestyles Arts Health Charity
Letters to the Editor
Movie Spotlight Reviews
Pornstar Pages
AINews Staff
Ad Rates
PR 101: Press Release Service

Caliente Swinger Vacations!

Brea Bennett at Twistys

May 13, 2001 12:01pm
Prostitution Alleged at Atlanta Club
Source: AP
by: Erin McClam

(ATLANTA, GA) -- The Gold Club is all neon and mirrors, a den of plush couches where visitors can order finger food, a martini and a personal stripper without leaving their seats.

The club, known in the industry as the nation's most profitable, includes five bars, a mini-restaurant, racks of expensive leather jackets and lingerie and $500 bottles of champagne. Business travelers run thousand-dollar tabs, billed innocently as ``MSB Inc.'' on company credit cards.

The hulking, black building is the flagship of a booming set of glitzy adult clubs in Atlanta that cater to platinum-card holding convention-goers, celebrities and professional athletes.

On Monday, the government begins laying out its racketeering case against owner Steve Kaplan and six associates, charging they ran an intricate conspiracy that included providing prostitutes in the Gold Club's gilded private rooms.

The trial is expected to include weeks of salacious testimony and possibly force well-known athletes to testify about what they saw at the club. Defense attorneys contend the government will trot out celebrities to sensationalize the trial, painting the club as a sex palace offensive to the conservative South.

``I think the religious factor in this area is strong,'' said Steve Sadow, Kaplan's lawyer. ``The government wants to try this as a case of immorality, not a case of illegality.''

But the reality is that Atlanta, although squarely inside the Bible Belt, has depended on its strip club industry for years to entertain convention-goers and the millions of dollars they pour into the city's economy.

Studies show that at least 60 percent of Atlanta strip club customers are from out of town.

``You can't ignore the numbers,'' said Dave Manack, editor of Exotic Dancer Publications, which prints a trade magazine and a national strip club directory. ``The strip club industry in Atlanta grosses more than the Braves, the Hawks and the Falcons combined. That's an awful lot of business.''

The Gold Club grosses about $20 million a year, and club managers claim they sell more champagne than any other club or restaurant in the nation.

Atlanta strip clubs try to differentiate themselves from exotic dancing that visitors might have experienced in other towns. They use a format that is closer to a Las Vegas revue than a seedy peep show.

Unlike in many states, dancers in Georgia can be completely nude, no G-strings or pasties. And Atlanta clubs try cater to customers looking for a touch of class - quality food served on linen tablecloths, marbled bathrooms with attendants and mirrored walls with brass trim.

The trial should highlight the strip clubs' particular appeal to celebrities and professional athletes. The FBI (news - web sites) says receipts show NBA stars Patrick Ewing, Dennis Rodman and Charles Oakley were among the athletes who received free food and drinks worth thousands of dollars at the club.

According to a federal indictment, managers repeatedly arranged prostitution in the club's Gold Rooms - dark, mirrored rooms that are closed off from the main stage and cost hundreds of dollars an hour.

Since the indictment, Mayor Bill Campbell has tried to revoke the club's liquor license. But Manack said government attempts to slow the strip club business in Atlanta are few and feeble.

``Atlanta is not a backwoodsish kind of place. It's very metropolitan, very upscale and very modern,'' Manack said. ``I can't think of any other section of a country that accepts this industry the way Atlanta seems to.''

Pornography feminists unshackle their desires and celebrate their sexuality in the patriarchal world

Related Sites - WARNING! Graphic Content


See BiBi Jones at Digital Playground

Top Stories

Dee, Michaels in Alabama

Nikki Benz Headlines Ohio

Raven Bay's Big Tits

Adult Film Fest LV October

AVN Tickets On Sale

Galaxy Stars to Exxxotica

Exxxotica Dallas Official Statement

Danger Builds Darth Vibrader

Caribbean Playground Party

Lesbian Training Day 4

Vice is Nice Event

Rock’N’SeXXXy UnCensored Thursday

Casting Call

5X Raven Bay

Desiree Deluca on TV

MWA: 07/12/15

ABK Beta Users Free

Casey Calvert's IR Gangbang

After Hours on CyberstationUSA

D Wise Fights for Life

Girlfriends Celebrates Caitlyn Jenner

The V Agency Joins LATATA

Amateur Allure New Lines

ED Awards Host Thea Vidale

Freedom Acres Anniversary Party

Throwback Expo Registration Rates!

Tanya Tate at Comic Con

Bridget the Midget at Vivid Houston

Amia Miley Brazzers Contract

Epoch Club Special Event

Shade X from Smash

BBW Con 2015

UKAP Awards Site Live

Nikki Phoenix Radio Update

Ideal Image Supperclub Party

MWA: 06/12/15

XBIZ 2016 Announced

The Interview XXX

Starfall to Exxxotica

Mercy West Available

Library Girl at Exxxotica

Karmen Karma Top Shelf

MWA: 06/08/15

Stories From

Clubs & Appearances

Dee, Michaels in Alabama

Nikki Benz Headlines Ohio

Galaxy Stars to Exxxotica

Caribbean Playground Party

Throwback Expo Registration Rates!

Tanya Tate at Comic Con

Bridget the Midget at Vivid Houston

Ideal Image Supperclub Party

Angela Sommers in Houston

MWA: 06/08/15

Starfall to Exxxotica

Prinzzess at Treasure Chest

Danica Dillon in Bath

Library Girl at Exxxotica

ED Awards Host Thea Vidale

National Porn Star Day

Strippers Ready for Baseball

Karaoke XXX Needs New Location

ED Expo to Big Easy

Layla Price at Foxxx Booth

Nikki Phoenix Party

Viva Las Vicki

Kendra Lust in Detroit

Starr Sisters in Houston

Nikki Phoenix Update

Vegas Heat Party

XBIZ Rooftop Party

Heaven & Hell Halloween Party

Farrah Abraham at Hustler Hollywood

Amber Lynn at Wasteland

Stripclub Microbrewery on CNN

Nikki Phoenix Karaoke XXX

Asianmodelpalooza 14

Nikki Phoenix Appearances

Miss LA Karaoke XXX

Nikki Delano at Centerfolds

Evil Pin-Ups Karaoke XXX

Monique Alexander in Houston

Nikki Phoenix Hosts Palomino

Nikki Delano at Crazy Horse

Morgan Del Ray Karaoke XXX

Cumisha Amado on Vivid Radio

Nikki Delano on Jukeboxx

Julia Sands Karaoke XXX

Hustler EDM Maniac Party

IIM Party June 13

MWA: 05/21/14

Discount Club Owners Expo Tickets

Teal Conrad at Sapphire NYC

Natasha Voya PSK

Alana Evans at WonderCon

Risque Starr Sisters Parties

Carter Cruise at Exxxotica

Clubs & Appearances Section Index

Copyright © 1998 - 2015 Adult Industry News (AINews.com)
All materials constituting text, articles, press releases, stories, columns, photographs, graphics, and code on the AINews.com domain are protected by copyright, and either owned by Adult Industry News (AINews.com), or reproduced with permission from other copyright owners. It may be downloaded and printed for personal reference, but not otherwise copied, altered in any way, or transmitted to others, without the written permission of Adult Industry News (AINews.com).