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Bristol nil SEV policy "will put dancers in danger" Published Date: 12/01/2022

A proposal to adopt a nil SEV policy has been consulted on and is due to be decided on later this year.The BBC reported that a dancer said it is a "worker's rights issue" and they should be able to perform somewhere safe.
The dancer has worked at one of Bristol's two strip clubs for the last two years.She said: "We are not asking anyone to approve of the work we do or support the sex industry, or anything like that.
"What we are asking people to understand is that stripping is a job and just like any other worker we need to benefit from the same rights, which is to be safe at work.
"If the clubs were to close down there is a very strong possibility that the industry would go underground, it would go in hotels or Airbnbs, where there are basically no workers rights.
"There would be no way to report of we were attacked or exploited. It would push the workers into more danger."
A campaign for the ban has been backed by Avon and Somerset's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Shelford.  As well as supporting the ban, Mr Shelford is urging the government to take decisions on strip clubs away from local authorities by bringing in a full nationwide ban.
He said he had recently met with the managers and some performers at Urban Tiger to hear the views of those working in the industry.
"Violence against women and girls is a significant issue," he said.
"Specifically objectifying women, misogyny, is of great concern and sexual entertainment places are very much a part of that and we have to start somewhere."
He added: "I do recognise that this may directly affect a number of women, like the ones I met and spoke with, who are working in these venues.
"We need to make sure that if this ban comes into effect, all the partners help with an exit strategy for those people involved in this industry to make sure that they are safe for the future."
Source: BBC