I cannot believe that the cops could make all this up? Perhaps somethings got misconstrued but WHY would he hire a MADAM?? there is only one reason for that and that is prostitution. I realize he cannot be everywhere at once but as the owner its his duty to know what is occuring in his club. What did he think the girls were taking the guys in the back room for? To discuss a book? have coffee? talk about world events? He knew the girls were having sex with the guys and getting paid for it and he hired a madam for it.I have known Mat for over 30 years and he does not drink or do drugs and has NEVER knowinglt allowed prostitution or selling of drugs in any of his establishments. I have visited Platinium showgirls and was actually amazed at what a tight ship he ran. There are alot of strip clubs in south florida that knowing let these activities go on. This was a wtch hunt out to get rid of this club. The city had offered mat nearly 7 million dollars not more than a year and a half ago to leave Boyton beach. Thats right, 7 million. Mat ran a respectable club and all the women who worked there respected him. He would go out of his way to help them in any way. Most of the girls invested in homes because of Mat . I wish him all the best in this court battle. Also, Mat wasn't the one selling drugs or profiting from prostitution. It was the girls who worked there. And to POGOSTICK, 18 years old is not a kid. Just ask the men and women in our armed services if they are a kid, cause they are dying for you every day !!
The drug selling was rampant too. and serving alcohol to the underage is just plain evil and very illegal. Also this bar has been the site of rapes, beatings, robberies etc....and places like this breed disease and criminals. If the owner did not know what was going on he must of been blind deaf and dumb and out of the country and the women who prostituted care little about their health or the customers and the drug selling was terrible.
I dont think this was a "witch hunt" they investigated over four months and have lots evidence. I see nothing wrong with a man going in and having a drink watching someone dance on a stage, but when unsafe sex prostitution and selling drugs and alcohol to teens that is way over the line. This place needs to go its in a terrible ghetto and breeds crime and disease. Let Mr. Barrow open a club in Lake Park where he lives and leave boynton alone.