Workers' Experiences in Strip Clubs

Announcing: Community Engagement Initiative with Adult Entertainers on Minneapolis Policy and Ordinance


Are you an entertainer in Minneapolis? If you currently work or have recently worked (in the past five years) as an entertainer in the adult entertainment industry in Minneapolis, then we want to hear from you!


Minneapolis-based entertainers who have worked in the adult entertainment industry in the past five years are invited to participate in a confidential feedback process to share ideas on ordinances that could affect adult entertainment establishments (i.e. strip clubs). This feedback process is hosted by the University of Minnesota’s Urban Research Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) in partnership with the Minneapolis Department of Health at the request of the Minneapolis City Council. This feedback process is not research. 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.


How Can I Participate?

There are two ways to participate:

  • ONLINE SURVEY: Takes a minimum of 30 minutes. We don’t ask any personally-identifying information. Complete on your own time. Click here to start the survey:
  • IN-PERSON MEETINGS: Confidential, private meetings to discuss policy options and provide written feedback, lasting up to 2 hours. Dates in fall/winter 2017-18. Click here to find out more information, dates, and RSVP to a meeting: Note: email required to RSVP. If coming to a meeting does not feel safe for you, email to set up a private meeting.


For More Information:

Contact UROC staff by emailing, or by calling or texting 612-440-4727.

Contact City of Minneapolis Council members directly here.


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.

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

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.