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.
The Columbus Police Department tweeted out a statement on Thursday claiming that Daniels’ arrest, and the arrests of two other dancers working in the club on the night of her performance, was part of an investigation into human trafficking. As with the January raids of eight New Orleans strip clubs, which law enforcement said were part of an ongoing human trafficking investigation, Thursday’s operation in Ohio yielded no trafficking