City, County Move to Shut Down Treasures, the Strip Club

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The city and county have filed a suit seeking to shut down the strip club Treasures, calling it a public nuisance.

They've been threatening to do this, most recently at a state hearing where dancers tearfully pleaded with officials not to close it down.

"The Houston Police Department has made numerous arrests for prostitution and drugs," said Houston City Attorney David Feldman. "However, the evidence of human trafficking makes this place especially abhorrent. Law enforcement efforts alone have not stopped the habitual criminal activity occurring there."

The suit claims the club has met the definition of "continuously and regularly" allowing illegal activity in the club, citing "more than five gang-related activities," including prostitution and delivery of controlled substances and "more than 30" crimes over the last four years.

"Law enforcement officers tell us that just arresting the criminals doesn't solve the problem," County Attorney Vince Ryan said. "When a place allows criminal acts to continue, criminals keep coming back. You must take away the habitat to fix the problem."

The suit:

Treasures Original Petition

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