Police: Clubs host ‘topless dancing’

Concerns expressed recently by
liquor licensing officials about public nudity at some local bars and
nightclubs are more serious than just a few young women who bare all in attempts
to add to their Mardi Gras bead collections.

Royal Cayman Islands Police
Commissioner David Baines said officers on his “hot spot” patrol teams have
become aware in recent months that a few local clubs are running what amounts
to exotic dancing operations.

The first clue, Mr. Baines said,
occurred when nightclub personnel didn’t want to allow police officers instant
access to their premises.

“We’ve had instances where we’ve
gone to go into the (club) doors as part of our searches and there’s been an
obvious delay in permitting us access,” Mr. Baines said.

“We’re taking action against those
bars, because as we’ve gone in it seemed fairly clear to us that either you had
exotic dancing or topless dancing, whatever you want to call it.”

Adult entertainment clubs are not
permitted to operate in the Cayman Islands and according to the Penal Code
(2007 Revision): “Whoever publicly exhibits any indecent show or performance or
any show or performance tending to corrupt morals” can be fined up to $200 and
imprisoned for three months on conviction.

However, in the cases investigated
thus far by the RCIPS “hot spot” teams, no arrests have been made and officers’
observations have merely been reported to the Liquor Licensing Board.

Mr. Baines said thus far the issue
is not one he considers a major problem and has only occurred at “less than a
handful of clubs”.

But he said club and bar owners
should take heed that any attempts to block police officers’ access into their
premises will go badly.

“This is a message to any bar
owners who think they can get away with this,” he said. “You start blocking
places to the police…the first issue I’m going to be doing is to say you’re not
fit to run a bar.”

“We will take very seriously any
attempt to obstruct officers from going and following through on those
enquiries. (The public) will see objections going before the licensing (board)
where there’s been a poor oversight management by the licensees.”

Liquor Licensing Board Chairman
Mitchell Welds has taken no tolerance stance on reports of public nudity, which
he recently said he’d received from two separate licensed premises (see
Caymanian Compass, 23 March ‘Public nudity at bars investigated’).

Mr. Welds did not identify those
two bars and did not publicly state any suspicions he might have that exotic
dancing was occurring inside either of the premises.

He did point out that the Liquor
Licensing Law (2000 Revision) prohibits “drunkenness, gambling, disorderly or
riotous behaviour or blasphemous or obscene language on the licensed premises”.

Mr. Baines said police “hot spot”
teams would continue to focus on liquor licenced premises in the coming months.

“Particularly those…that attract
public attention and are used by a section of the community where you’d see
this type activity or potential type of activity taking place,” he said.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Some say – no big deal – women breastfeed… ever heard of men going to watch women breastfeeding their babies? Do some research; check out what other countries have already learned by these things happening in their countries. But then many of the hard headed people here in Cayman cannot learn from the mistakes or lessons others have learned! These things, including pornography are only one element of a far bigger picture, which other places have found go with criminal elements too.

    Why does Cayman society have to be ruined by crime and other related problems – so it can take a place like other islands and countries who struggle with day to day survival?

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  2. I agree with JOS. I mean, EVERYONE knows topless dancing = pornography = crime.

    If your going to use the statement “do the research” why not post a link to YOUR research. After all, we would all like to see where youre getting your facts from. Or is this just your “opinion”. Shouldn’t fear monger Jos. That isn’t productive.

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  3. I don’t think many people would say that this is not a problem, the fact is that it could progress into a huge problem.

    The problem i see is that once again there has been a murder in westbay and the police are casing out a bar looking for topless dancers… PRIORITIES!

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  4. Lighten up.

    There are far more serious crimes on this island than women bearing their breasts — it isn’t even a crime for goodness sake! Do you want police in the bar looking for bare chested women when criminals are out on the streets RIGHT NOW selling drugs & shooting and killing each other — and innocent victims? Where are the priorities?

    Topless dancing does not lead to pornography, etc. It’s a misconception. Quite the opposite — by banning it men don’t stop thinking about it — they turn to wherever they can get it — today, it’s the internet.

    Ontario, several years ago, made it illegal to discriminate against sex when it came to being topless. That’s right — females can go topless LEGALLY. All the religious fanatics held marches & protests, saying if females went around topless — what next — sex in the street? They said it would get completely out of hand, women at work, on the bus, in the supermarkets all going bare-breasted. Well, before you all book the next Air Canada flight to Toronto, I can tell you that you will be sadly disappointed. I saw one bare breast a week after they passed the law. Not one single breast (let alone a pair) after that — whether on the beach, or anywhere else. So, it’s all a big deal over nothing.

    So, Cayman, let’s not pull the police away from trivial things — let them focus their energies on getting the guns & criminals off the street.

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  5. Instead of trying to get rid of an apparently popular social activity, (which will only move to a new location if you try to shut it down) why not legalize the topless bars, institute a higher cost liquor license and raise some capital for the govt.? These bars might be a good venue for selling national lottery tickets that could also be raising significant revenue in the form of “voluntary taxes”. Happy, tipsy men are not known for being stingy and the country could use some cash flow. Just a thought.

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  6. A rotten set of people are being risen up in Cayman’society. I pity the future of these islands.
    They oppose moral checks and balances,anything goes, what a hopeless position to take, defending that which is wrong. Nudity is wrong and nude dancing is wrong.Case closed.

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  7. MURDER is a much bigger problem than ‘topless dancing’ etc. Yes on this island ‘drunkeness’ or ‘topless dancing’ is wrong (Whether that’s right or not is another discussion) but so is MURDER, and yet the police and locals seem to be more worried about the public nudity than the MURDERS.

    The Govt. needs to take drastic action to stop these attacks and retaliations before it becomes something that spills out of the gang rivalries in West Bay and becomes an island-wide gang war!

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