County Attorney files suit against alleged strip club in NW Harris County

October 8, 2012 4:37:40 PM PDT
Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan filed suit Monday against what he says is a strip club masquerading as a bikini bar in northwest Harris County.

The suit alleges Babes North located on FM 1960 is a place where persons go for prostitution and drug dealing. Ryan said the bar has had over 30 calls for police service in the last 18 months, including several for violating Harris County's sexually oriented business regulations.

"Harris County recognizes the right of adult entertainment businesses to operate but they must do so in accordance with the law," Ryan said. "When they repeatedly ignore the law and imperil the well-being of the community, the Office of the County Attorney will take action to force compliance. Babes is not a bikini bar. It is a topless and bottomless den of prostitution and drug dealing."

The suit also names the shopping center where the bar is located as a defendant for not taking reasonable measures to prevent criminal activity from occurring on the premises.

Ryan says his office has filed suit or negotiated the closure of a number of enterprises since 2009 that allegedly engage in habitual criminal activity, such as prostitution, illegal drug sales, liquor violations and the unlicensed operation of massage parlors.


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