Stormy Daniels’ strip club arrest highlights how evangelical Americans are criminalizing sex work

On the evening of July 11, Stormy Daniels, the adult film performer who is currently suing President Donald Trump, was arrested for allegedly motorboating undercover cops in a strip club in Columbus, Ohio. As the news media scrambled to broadcast her mugshot far and wide, attorney Michael Avenatti tweeted that Daniels had been handcuffed for performing the same act she’d been performing all across the country as part of her ongoing national tour.

Perhaps Avenatti didn’t know that the laws and practices governing strip clubs vary wildly from state to state and city to city, but it’s something that strippers from San Diego to Detroit are well aware of, and they know they can get arrested or ticketed for less than breast-to-face contact.