Workers' Experiences in Strip Clubs

Workers' Experiences in Strip Clubs

The purpose of this study is to document the workplace experiences of entertainers within strip clubs in Minneapolis and provide information to guide policy. The project will actively engage workers’ voices about the workplace, policy and ordinances, and their ideas for improving working conditions. The research will use an action research (AR) approach that focuses on collaboration and co-construction of the research process with community stakeholders.

Download the report, Workplace Perspectives on Erotic Dancing: A Brief Report on Community-Based Research with Entertainers in Minneapolis Strip Clubs.

Note from researchers:  The University of Minnesota Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center's (UROC) recent report on workplace perspectives on erotic dancing is an independent research project conducted by UROC and a community advisory group to understand strengths and challenges of the workplace from the perspective of entertainers. This research was funded by the Minneapolis Health Department and the Women's Foundation of Minnesota. This research focuses on surfacing solutions with the goal of improving worker safety and public health. Strip clubs are legal and regulated businesses in Minnesota, and as such, should provide a safe and clean working environment for their workers. Working as a strip club entertainer is an vital source of income for many of our study's participants. The report's findings do not suggest in any way that strip clubs should be banned or closed down.

Community Resources

We have compiled a list of community resources across a spectrum of needs and desires that may be pertinent to those in the industry. Right click or [Cntrl] click to open in a new page.

Community Resources - English

Community Resources - Spanish / Recursos Comunitarios - Español

Community Resources - Karen

Community Resources - Hmong

Community Resources - Somali

Further Information

For questions or for more information about this project, please email

This project is funded by the Minneapolis Health Department and the Women's Foundation of Minnesota. All research activities have approval from the University of Minnesota, Institutional Review Board.