A report at a Birmingham Council licensing committee meeting claimed that a concerted, sophisticated and highly organised
criminal operation was being run from the Broad Street branch of the Legs 11 lap dancing club.. This was said to include financial fraud and human trafficking.
A mass raid resulted comprising of a campaign group, Hope for Justice, city council officials, trading standards, Revenue and Customs officials, police and even the Red Cross.
Inevitably the raid failed to find evidence of trafficking. No arrests were made, and the campaign group Hope for Justice said no hard evidence of people trafficking was uncovered. A spokesman said that none of the girls wanted to engage with us,
or with the police. Some of the girls talked about having to 'pay to work', maybe £100 or something, but then potentially being able to earn more than that. Some of them earn very good money -- £1,000 a night perhaps, but others much much less.
In this particular case, we didn't see clear cases of girls being forced to be there.
However the club has been closed anyway, with the authorities citing allegations of fraud.