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Four more Bourbon Street strip clubs had their alcohol licenses pulled following raids Thursday night and early Friday morning by officials with the state Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control and the New Orleans Police Department.

The clubs joined four others that were busted last weekend.

Stilettos, Hustler's Barely Legal, Hunk Oasis and Rick's Cabaret all were given emergency suspensions of their alcohol licenses after investigators found "multiple instances of prostitution, lewd acts and in some cases illegal drug activity within the clubs," according to a statement from the ATC. 

The state agency did not elaborate on those charges and has not provided more information on the allegations against the four clubs targeted a week before: Dixie Divas on Iberville Street and Temptations, Scores and Rick's Sports Bar on Bourbon Street.

Officials have said they will not provide more information on the charges against the clubs until hearings scheduled for the first week of February.

In a statement Friday, organizers with the Bourbon Alliance of Responsible Entertainers — a group formed by strippers to support and advocate for strip club employees — said the enforcement actions were designed to support efforts by the City Council to curb the number of French Quarter strip clubs. 

Attorney Michelle Rutherford, who works with BARE, took aim at claims that have been made in debates before the council that Bourbon Street clubs contribute to human trafficking in the city.

"Once again, law enforcement has failed to uncover even one instance of sex trafficking," Rutherford said. "These misguided attempts to protect entertainers only serve to make them less safe. With only five strip clubs open for the upcoming Mardi Gras season, these women and the staff that earn a living running the clubs are out of work, making many of them more vulnerable to exploitation."

BARE's organizers have also said that during raids on the clubs, staff members were detained, had their IDs read out in front of customers, had their photographs taken and were "ridiculed and degraded."


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