Club Madonna Underage Stripper Scandal: What About Porn Companies Using Minors?

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Miami is abuzz with the insane story of "D.J.," the 13-year-old runaway who was forced into prostitution and exotic dancing at Club Madonna.

Many are outraged. Rightly so. Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales almost immediately shuttered South Beach's only all-nude strip club last Friday. He called the club a "threat to the public health, welfare, and safety of the public." Others have demanded the arrest of Madonna owner Leroy Griffith.

But lost in the uproar is an even more terrifying fact: Similar stories occur all the time in Miami's porn industry, but not one skin-flick company has been closed.

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Morales' decision to close Club Madonna was controversial. He revoked the strip joint's decades-old business license even though it's unclear if Griffith or anyone else in club management knew the girl was underage. It also appears to be the first such incident at the club.

"As a father of a daughter, I firmly believe from the bottom of my heart that this is the right thing to do," Morales said of his decision.

But Morales and other politicians did not act so outraged when New Times revealed similarly disgusting incidents within Miami's lucrative porn industry.

As we reported in November, companies belonging to local porn mogul Jeffrey Greenberg have filmed underage girls having sex for money at least three times -- possibly many more.

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Fifteen-year-old Bieyanka Moore appeared in a porno made by Reality Kings, but the company was never shut down.
The most famous are 15-year-old runaway Bieyanka Moore and the 15-year-old beauty queen -- who we called Amber -- involved with alleged murderer John Snavely.

Amber's case was investigated, but three assistant state attorneys for Miami-Dade County declined to prosecute because the girl provided a fake ID (belonging to an older girl).

Why, then, are politicians so eager to close Club Madonna but not the porn companies filming underage girls being statutorily raped on camera?

Why hasn't Doral Mayor Luigi Boria or City Manager Joe Carollo shut down Venetian Productions, the porn production company caught filming Amber and another underage friend?

And given Venetian Productions' Miami Beach mailing address, why hasn't Morales moved to revoke its business license as well?

Unlike the famously secretive Jeffrey Greenberg -- whose companies Reality Kings and BangBros commissioned and distributed the videos of the three underage girls -- Club Madonna owner Leroy Griffith has waged a long and loud battle with local politicians over liquor licenses and freedom of speech.

What happened at his club is horrible. Perhaps the place deserves to be shut down. But until local politicians take all instances of child sex abuse seriously, the Madonna fiasco will smell like political grandstanding.

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uknoooo
uknoooo

wtf does this story have to do with porn. you guys need something better to write about. im starting to believe your wife or ex girlfriend did a scene on the bangbus thats why your so against them.   

Anastasia Biltmore
Anastasia Biltmore

The 13 year old did run away from home, but she was no babe lost in the woods. She willingly went to Madonnas and worked and willingly falsified her identity as a person under 18 in order to do that work (as did another over 18 dancer whom she knew who corroborated her lie.) We have a legally demarcated line in the sand as to when a person may make their own decisions regarding this type of work. That age is 18. It is the duty of the club to enforce that age limitation by requiring an ID and filling out paperwork- none of which were done in this case. You would be surprised how many 13 year olds look 20, and conversely how many girls working in clubs are over 21 but look like short and skinny 14 year olds. In the era in which I worked, dancers looked like adults and had class. They never got onto the floor, wore floor length dresses or shorter dresses with thigh highs, and covered any visible tattoos if they even had them. Now, dancers are usually covered in low quality tattoos, wear trashy outfits, "twerk" on the floor, and have the general conversational and grammatical ability of an 8th grader. Trust me, this girl would not have even raised an eyebrow. It is managers like the one here in this case who have lowered the standards of the strip club industry to absolute filth and have boomed the high dollar escort services in the Miami-Dade/Broward area.

Victor Runciman
Victor Runciman

As long as it is willing and conscientious it is no should be no one's agenda but it is for those Religious Puritanical Holier than thou Hypocrites.

Najsoj Osnola
Najsoj Osnola

the porn industry will never get shut down...its a huge industry and lets face it....everyone watches porn.

jbn1gdr
jbn1gdr

I don't understand what authority the city manager had under state law to revoke a legitimate business license and shutter the business when it apparently met all building and fire codes.  the police haven't charged the business owners with any crime.  just because an underage girl was naked on stage shouldn't give the city manager the legal authority to close the business.  can someone explain what legal authority was used? not the bogus city code that gets made up by politicians, but real legal authority?  i mean, the city itself has had drug dealers, bribe takers, etc., on the city books but no one shut the city down.  if an underage person buys liquor at a bar or store with a fake id you can't shut the business down, according to state officials, so what's the deal with this?  i'm not arguing the morality of the girl's sitaution, i want to know the legal facts, otherwise, city manager might start shutting down every club where a girl flashes her panti-less crotch, or lets an underage girl drink, or anything else he disapproves of as a protective father.

Joe Matos
Joe Matos

The truth is club Madonna doesn't have the amount of money that the pron industry (reality kings and banbros) have and the city of Miami beach would not have won that battle. Its sad but you have to pick your battles.

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

the porn industry should get totally shut...get a real job you fucking losers, porn should be illegal

Turk Avnayim
Turk Avnayim

UMM WHat happened to the JUDICIAL SYSTEM...don't they have to be proven guilty 1st?

Seán Schauseil
Seán Schauseil

Will Club Madonna's adult use license expire from inactivity?

Lenny Lebowitz
Lenny Lebowitz

I think she is making up a great little story about her adventures of running away from home, call me crazy but a 13 year old would have drawn attention in a strip joint and somebody would have called the cops , and I believe her awesome mommy and daddy have contacted a lawyer already so they can get thier millions for what that club did to thier precious little girl

Jeffrey Knight
Jeffrey Knight

This is so dumb! If there was uniform interest in going after the adult filmmakers as well as the club owner, it would be understandable. But how do we know if Griffith doesn't have political aspirations, which would be quickly derailed if he had a criminal record?

Anastasia Biltmore
Anastasia Biltmore

Closing down Club Madonna was the right thing to do. This place has been a pit of filth for years- and I'm not some puritanical Bible nut- I used to be a dancer so I know what I'm talking about. In Miami-Dade, closing a club is easier to do than shutting down a porn company because the club is a structure which is subject to licensing in order to have a certificate of occupancy. A porn company is transitory in nature and as such can be dissolved and restructured under a different name the same day and right back into operation.

Adam Schwartzbaum
Adam Schwartzbaum

Miami Beach has been looking for a reason to shut down Madonna for ages... They finally got their wish.

Carl Snyder
Carl Snyder

B/C we all like underage strippers here in Dade. Reminds us of South America....

Erik Ace Artist
Erik Ace Artist

simple the club is more visible! And the other case the girl lied and for all that we know (porn case) she went willingly

Mercy Mercy-Me
Mercy Mercy-Me

why does ANYONE get a pass? There is a ton of human trafficking going on right under our noses. People are paid to look the other way on this stuff all the time. Even and especially law enforcement.

perrodemiami
perrodemiami

Even the most self righteous pastors get caught with prostitutes or homosexual partners. Hell! Even thousands of catholic priests go about screwing little children.

perrodemiami
perrodemiami

Are you a catholic priest? A pastor? You sound like one of the there child rapists of closeted homosexual.

uknoooo
uknoooo

your a pussy. how much u make 20 a week

smokepotallday420
smokepotallday420 topcommenter

Fuck that. I got tired of masturbating to Victoria's Secret when I turned 14

perrodemiami
perrodemiami

Even if it was only temporary. And still, it was justified.

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