PERU: Cops Raid Gay Strip Club [VIDEO]

After an investigation lasting several weeks, Peruvian police have raided a gay strip club which they claim was operating as a “clandestine brothel” in which the owners took a cut from go-go boys hired for sex by VIP card-holding patrons. Spanish-language news reports say that Club Casanova, located in the Lima suburb of Brena, held 60 customers at the time of raid, some of whom were allegedly having sex at the time.

The club’s entrance fee was about $4, for which patrons got a beer, two condoms, and a bag for their clothes – which seems more like a sex club than anything else. The raid has earned national headlines and as you’ll see in the clip below, a local television station was clearly tipped off in advance and was allowed to record the patrons hastily putting their clothes back on. One of the owners was then paraded before the camera in handcuffs. It appears that eight others were also detained.

(Tipped by JMG reader Kent)

  • JDM

    Condoms? What is this, 2004?

    • SunsetGay

      PrEP probably hasn’t entered the Peruvian health system yet. There are still plenty of countries where it is not available.

      • lattebud

        While in Indonesia, I asked some guys about PrEP and they said that they doctors will speak to them about it and do the blood work. But, they said they would go to another country to acquire it. Although generics are available, the cost is still $3000-5000 a year.

    • Circ09

      I guess you like getting STDs?

    • Bj Lincoln

      If one is having indiscriminate sex, you would think one would do everything in their power to keep from getting anything. Nothing is fool proof.
      Yes, condoms are still a thing.

    • MDB

      I guess you are the ONE individual on the planet that is immune to all
      STD’s ?? Anonymous unprotected sex- what could possibly happen ?!?!?

      Are you really THAT naive, or stupid ???

      • JDM

        Why do you put a space between the last letter of a question and question mark? And why do you use multiple question marks? One will suffice. Or are you that stupid?

        • MDB

          Nah, just to piSs off assWipes like – yOu !~?!*?

          • JDM

            I think it’s because you’re ignorant and borderline illiterate.

          • MDB

            Kiss my rosy-red ass!

          • Michael Rush

            I think this is the same JDM that made a racist comment this week – TROLL

          • MDB

            He is a real gem, to be sure; and always the smart-ass punk.

          • SilasMarner

            It’s probably because he’s not getting any dick.

          • Dazzer

            Let’s face it, he probably wouldn’t able to get any dick even if he was in a gay Peruvian strip joint.

          • oikos

            Several racist comments this week.

          • Todd20036


    • Treg Brown

      You mad bro?

      • oikos

        He’s compensating for something.

        • Dazzer

          Well, it’s either his penis or his IQ – but as both are in low single figures, it’s difficult to tell.

    • Duh-David
    • greenmanTN

      Please ignore our resident fuckwit. Thanks.

  • Baron Ochs

    The War on Sex continues (even in the liberal USA btw).

    • Doug105

      Not sure how you think the Usa is liberal, other than a few spots and moments.

      • Baron Ochs

        *sigh* sarcasm

  • bkmn

    Legalization of sex workers would go a long way to making sex work safer, especially for the workers.

  • Randy Left Brooklyn

    With the opening line, “After an investigation lasting several weeks…” I really knew all I needed to know. The undercover cops were probably being featured on the club’s Facebook page as some of the best customers. Sheesh

    • yup. the sex police are almost always really a branch of the secret political police, as it were.

    • lattebud

      Or someone threatened to out a politician for mistreatment of the workers.

  • GOP

    Meet Koka, Knayi and Kamotolo. They pan handle and are frequent
    visitors. Peru doesn’t recognize them as
    citizens. Notice they don’t wear any
    clothes. They get angry when you say “no”.

  • Nax

    Nothing exposes the ruthless hypocrisy of a society as much as a vice sting. I’ll have to admit that watching “Cops” was one of my guilty pleasures. Watching the shows that focused on vice stings always made me angry though. It seems that vice stings are what police do when they’re bored, want to up their arrest count, or want some easy publicity.

    • Zoey

      You’ll always see them laughing and thoroughly enjoying themselves too.

  • oikos

    How many straight strip clubs operating as brothels were also raided?

    • JP

      My thoughts exactly

  • skeptical_inquirer

    I don’t understand why we can’t just have Nevada style brothels everywhere. It’s safe for both the customer and the provider. As long as it was heavily regulated to discourage human trafficking and the truly illegal stuff, it would bring in lots of tax revenue, keep people from acting out due to sexual frustration and keep our justice system dollars focused on violent crimes & criminals. I would love if all the cops wasted on vice were diverted to boosting murder solution rates and sexual assault cases.

    • SilasMarner

      Because if we had what you suggest, the Christers would shit themselves until their hemorrhoids would explode.

      • skeptical_inquirer

        You’d think that greed and capitalism and universal horniness would have overrode all that by now. I think most men (I say men because it would appear men are overwhelming % of the customer base) would be in favor of legal, easy and accessible boinking.

        • zhera

          But usually, the costumers aren’t the ones jailed and punished. The sex workers, mostly women, are punished. This goes well with the general misogyny of the patriarchal society.

        • bambinoitaliano

          There’s less work and more money spouting jesus that spewing jizzes.

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      • Happy Dance

        But they would be the biggest customers (no pun intended…)

      • bambinoitaliano

        How else can the Christers go on a down low and grift the stupid if sex is legalize?

      • olandp

        Either that or it would bee less fun for them…

  • Ish

    Pimps belong in jail.

    • Zoey

      Not very libertarian of you Ish.

    • DisT

      Wouldn’t it be nice to have thousands of sex workers at your disposal?
      Let’s legalize sex workers so we can have Walmart version of affordable sex workers for all.
      I’ll take that one for $2.99 and wait for the other to be on sale.

    • Six Pins Delores

      Someone forgot to or did not did not grease the right palm.

    • Mark Lewis

      He seems to be more of a bouncer than a pimp.

  • Octavio

    Well, that was rather rude of the police. One of cops or possibly a city official may have been recently spurned by one of the lithesome young things? 🙁

    • canoebum

      Either that or the last few envelopes were “light”.

  • BobSF_94117

    Is there really very much — or any — prostitution going on at bathhouses? It seems counterintuitive to try to sell what others are giving away for free on the same premises.

    • Doug105

      There will always be some sex for money around, even if it’s just to land a prettier fish.

    • Guest

      I think not so much in the US but in Europe I see it frequently. Plus there are men who prefer to pay, it is a turn on or a protective psychological barrier for them.

    • juanjo54

      This is a very common practice in strip clubs and bath houses all over Latin America. Europe. Asia and yes even in the USA. Not just gay establishments but also heterosexual establishments as well. In many places in the US they are called “rub and tugs” as a client arranges a “private show” with stripper where he pays a fee to the house and a fee to the stripper for services rendered.

      • BobSF_94117

        I’ve known it happens in straight establishments, largely because there aren’t throngs of women hoping to find a man to tug on.


        • juanjo54

          That’s true but also in gay strip clubs as well. For example given your name here I am assuming you are familiar with the Nob Hill where strippers perform nightly. It is not all that difficult to arrange a “private show: there.

          • BobSF_94117

            Only my screen name lives in SF these days. Sigh. But, yes, I am familiar with the establishment. But it’s not a bathhouse. I’m just surprised that there was sufficient prostitution going on at a bathhouse to trigger a raid. (Not that raids are usually justified.)

  • Huckabee and Robertson will be drooling over this one.

  • James

    Criminalizing consensual sex only turns innocent people into criminals.

  • TheSpinMonkey

    What purpose does it serve to raid this place and arrest these people? Who wins here?
    Christianity is like an infection in that it has to spread from the host with the goal of infecting everyone.
    I am not down with bathhouses so I don’t go. I do not try to stop anyone else from going or march to make laws to make it illegal. If it aint happening in my house then it really is none of my business. Christians want to eliminate everything they disagree with it rather than just getting on with their own damn lives!

  • Git ‘Er Dun

    Food and Sex and are basic human needs. Will always be. Now excuse me while I lick sherbert and graham cracker crumbs from my hunk’s chest.

  • Acronym Jim

    “Hey, Acronym, while we’re in Lima, wanna go to a gay strip club?”

    “Sure, sounds like fun. Let’s go!”

    *arrives at club, pays 4 bucks and is handed a bag*

    “What’s this for?”

    “Your clothes.”

    “No way. This isn’t what I thought you meant by gay strip club!”

    *clutches pearls and leaves in a huff.*

  • GanymedeRenard

    The title of this story is misleading (sorry, Joe!).

    What they did in Peru was shut down an underground (/illegal) gay brothel – the Spanish word ‘prostíbulo’ means ‘bordello/brothel’. It was not merely a “raid” at a “strip club”.

    Neither same-sex consensual acts nor prostitution are illegal in Peru. But brothels MUST be licensed.

    • Ogre Magi

      Yeah, Latin America is a lot better than many would think when it comes to gay people. I do fear that this might change because of the packs of proselytizing evangelical protestant missionaries from the USA that have been going down there. I know the numbers of converts has been rising steadily

      • GanymedeRenard

        Yes, I share your fear. 🙁