Red Light District: Branson City Council Hopeful
Attie Pollard Proposes Sex Zone In City

02/14/2013

Attie Pollard, who is collecting signatures to run for Branson City Council,
has suggested creating a red-light district in the city.

Attie Pollard Red Light District, Branson City Council Attie Pollard

Here's an interesting proposition.

How about setting up a red-light district in Detroit?

Attie Pollard, who is collecting signatures to run for Branson City Council in the 2013 elections,

has proposed this very idea.

He thinks designating a zone for strip clubs could help attract tourism and give a jolt to the city's economy.

“For instance, starting off with a strip club district,” he told KRZK radio.

“Once the time goes on,
we can see if brothels or other means of sexual entertainment are needed.”

Missouri State law would need to be changed in order to allow brothels in the city of Branson.

Pollard proposes that the city's strip clubs be moved from neighborhood areas to a central location "somewhere in the downtown area," according to the news station.

He added that background checks would be needed to keep sex traffickers out of the equation.

If that sounds like an errant plotline from HBO's "The Wire," it's not the first time this wild idea has been tossed around in Branson.

As recently as 2010, Branson City Council President said he backed a similar plan, which been proposed by the previous council, but he admitted he didn't have the votes to make it happen.

At the time, however, council did take some action on strip clubs. That year, they passed rules forbidding VIP rooms and touching between strippers,
requiring licenses for many workers, and placing limits on stage height.

If promoting strip clubs sounds too far-fetched, there's always the possibility of attracting investment by converting Branson's Lakefront Park into an independent commonwealth.

The idea was proposed recently by a wealthy Branson-area developer who said the cash-strapped city could sell the isle for a billion dollars, but it's been slow to catch on with local Branson powerbrokers