Prostitution puts Memphis on the map - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Prostitution puts Memphis on the map

George Kuykendall says he's heard it all when it comes to what goes on inside Memphis strip clubs.

"How about live lesbian sex on stage--would that shock you bad enough?" he asks.

He heads up Citizens for Community Values of Memphis and has worked to get tighter laws for nearly a decade.

"That can help bring decency back to Memphis," says Kuykendall.

Michele Stevens believes that will be an uphill battle.

"You can't regulate everything that goes on everywhere," says Stevens.

She was an exotic dancer for 16 years before recently calling it quits.

"I was generally a classy dancer--I'm not going to say I was the cleanest dancer, cause you had to compete, but I was no about to do any sex act," says Stevens.

But she says others did. A recent undercover operation at "The Pony" netted a prostitution arrest. Other women allegedly exposed their privates in a well lit area in full view of management. Last week, a dancer named "Destiny" was arrested at "The Gold Club." Police say she wanted 150 bucks for her services. Stevens doesn't see it stopping.

"I mean, it is the oldest profession, right?" asks Stevens.

Kuykendall considers her story further insight for Memphis leaders.

"They ought to get their heads out of the sand and realize how it's affecting our city," he says.

Putting Memphis on the map for what he says are the wrong reasons.

A recent study put Memphis in the top three US cities for graphic, uninhibited behavior in its strip clubs. Local leaders say they do plan to use that info to draft new laws as soon as this Summer.

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