In order to fund rape investigations the city of Houston is turning their eye to local gentlemen's clubs, where a "pole tax" is being enforced.
On Wednesday the City Council passed an ordinance enforcing a $5-per-visitor fee to help fund the analysis of biological evidence collected from rape victims, so their attackers can be brought to justice. There is currently a lack of funding across the U.S. to pay for such analysis procedures.
Supporters of the ordinance believe that gentlemen's clubs should consider the cost of the analysis, because of the unhealthy attitudes men develop for women in the club, which could lead to sexual assault.
However, Albert Van Huff, a Houston lawyer who represents local strip clubs, thinks otherwise.
"There is no known correlation between people going to nice, high-end gentlemen's clubs and rape."
Despite feelings on both sides the ordinance will be enforced to club goers, supportive or not.