Detroit Strip Club Ordered Closed Over Alleged Prostitution

"It took a while, but we got it done," said Chief James Craig

WWJ News
September 18, 2019 - 3:49 pm
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(Photo: Stephanie Davis/WWJ)

DETROIT (WWJ) - Allegations of ongoing prostitution have forced the closure of a Detroit strip club.

WWJ Newsradio 950's Stephanie Davis reports investigators with the Detroit Police Vice Squad allegedly found evidence of sex for sale at the popular Penthouse club on 8 Mile Road near Evergreen. 

Officials say it's been going on for years, but will stop after a judge on Tuesday ordered the business to shut down for one year. The judge also ordered that the doors be padlocked and everything inside the club be sold.

At a news conference Wednesday, Police Chief James Craig said local residents had been complaining to police about the facility since 2008.

"This has been going on for 11 years," Craig said. "We owe the community an apology. It took a while, but we got it done."

Attorney Cyril Hall, who represents the Penthouse Club, said he plans to appeal the closure.

"The allegations they're making about the club are simply not true," Hall said.

D.H., who lives a block away from the club, was among those surprised to hear of the allegations.

"That ain't right; shut 'em down," he said. "If there's prostitution going on, shut it down. It's illegal."

Carmen Myrick, who lives across the street, told Davis she was never bothered by the business or it's patrons, and she worries now that the building will stand vacant. 

"It's going to be a waste of the building to be empty; not knowing what's gonna happen with that," she said. "But if they're under violation, it's something they have to do."

The city has reportedly issued tickets and suspensions to the club in the past.