A Miami strip club has been shut down after police said that a 13-year-old girl was dancing for money at the fully nude establishment.
Officers have now revoked Club Madonna’s business license for six months as they investigate the case.
Miami city manager, Jimmy Morales, revealed that the club has had its licende pulled because he believes that the club poses “an actual threat to the health, welfare and safety of our community.”
At a press conference on Friday evening, he continued, “As the father of a daughter, I firmly believe that this is the right thing to do.”
The club was preparing to open its doors on Friday night when it was handed the emergency order. An attorney for Club Madonna, Richard Wolfe, has called Miami officials actions “overreaching.” Wolfe said, “We will prove that there was no basis for the city to take the actions that they took.”
Three people have been arrested in connection to the crimes, and they have charged with forcing a runaway teenager to prostitute herself. She is also believed to have danced under the name of Peaches at the club, too.
Police stated, “The minor victim was never asked, nor did she ever provide the Madonna club management any identification to verify her age.”
The three men arrested were 37-year-old Vilbert Jean, 22-year-old Marlene San Vincente, and 18-year-old DeWayne Ward. However, the club’s management and ownership haven’t been criminally arrested yet.
The trio above have been charged with human trafficking, lewd and lascivious conduct on a person under 16, delivering a controlled substance to a person under 18, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
There was a minor mix-up when Jean and San Vincente were actually released from prison on bond, even though they were arrested on non-bondable charges. However, they were returned to jail within 24 hours.
Club Madonna’s owner, Leroy Griffith, insists that he was ignorant to these offenses, and he has stated that he had no knowledge of the girl ever appearing at the venue.
Morales added at the press conference, “If it is so easy for human traffickers to kidnap a 13-year-old girl and bring her to the club without anyone noticing, how can we be sure that this is not going to happen again to other young girls in our community?”
Wolfe insists though that the city council have simply decided to close down the business because of decade long problems between Griffith and Miami officials. Wolfe erupted, “They shut down our business in a vindictive manner.”