Workers' Experiences in Strip Clubs

Community Engagement Initiative with Adult Entertainers on Minneapolis Policy and Ordinance

Following the report "Workplace Perspectives on Erotic Dancing" (see below), Minneapolis City Council members, in partnership with the Minneapolis Department of Health, requested UROC's assistance in confidentially soliciting early feedback on policies and ordinances affecting adult entertainment establishments (i.e. strip clubs).

This feedback process used an online survey, small group and individual conversation formats to confidentially solicit input and wisdom from Minneapolis-based entertainers. This engagement and feedback process began in August 2017 through December 2017. Entertainers' voice and participation are a vital part of this process. The information collected will be shared with Minneapolis policymakers seeking to know what types of policies could have negative consequences for entertainers, and what policies could promote a safe work environment for adult entertainers in Minneapolis. This feedback process was not research.

Report: Workplace Perspectives on Erotic Dancing 

The purpose of this study was to document the workplace experiences of entertainers within strip clubs in Minneapolis and provide information to guide policy. The project actively engaged workers’ voices about the workplace, policy and ordinances, and their ideas for improving working conditions. The research used an action research (AR) approach that focuses on collaboration and co-construction of the research process with community stakeholders. This report was completed April 2017.

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

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. 

Further Information

For questions or for more information about this initiative, please email [email protected]

The research study "Workplace Perspectives on Erotic Dancing" was 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.