Odessa city council approves revising code for sexually-oriented businesses

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ODESSA, TX (Big 2/ Fox 24) – Last year the city of Odessa annexed Jaguars. Initially, the gentlemen’s club became part of Ector County.

Now that Jaguars is part of the city of Odessa, Dan Jones, city attorney says there will be stricter laws put into place for these kinds of sexually oriented businesses.

“We wanted to put in place an ordinance that was stronger and better,” he says. “That would help protect the citizens here in Odessa, and we discovered is that our old sexually oriented businesses are out of date, and what we needed to do is repeal it and implement something brand new.”

Jones says the old ordinance didn’t take into consideration possible human trafficking, and putting stricter laws would help keep the citizens of Odessa and the entertainers and non-entertainers protected.

“There’s a lot of these young ladies that are brought here,” the city attorney says. “They’re brought here to work in these strip clubs like jaguars, and they really don’t have a choice in the matter.”

Jones says the city of Odessa would have greater control in controlling what goes behind those closed doors.

“It’s going to also create an appeals board,” Jones says. “The chief of police and fire marshal would also be able to go in there and inspect everything and make sure everything is safe.”

Jones also says entertainers and non-entertainers would have to pay $50 a year to get a license to work at Jaguars.

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