A FUNDRAISER to challenge a decision to close strip clubs in Edinburgh in the courts has raised £3000 in just three days.

The City of Edinburgh Council voted to axe the clubs putting dancers out of jobs on March 31.

A legal challenge was promised by union United Sex Workers, which has set a target of £20,000.

In just three days, £3120 has been donated.

The local authority voted in favor of a “nil-cap” on “Sexual Entertainment Venue” (known as SEVs) licenses – effectively shutting all Edinburgh strip clubs as of April 2023 and forbidding any new ones to open.

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The union is citing the Equality Act 2010 as a reason to push back on the decision and hopes to use any leftover cash to fund a similar challenge in Bristol.

Women have spoken out about the reasons they work in strip clubs, the support they get from their partners and colleagues and the flexibility it allows with childcare and disposable income.

Concerns were voiced that it would push women into prostitution and drive stripping underground, making it less safe for women.

A spokesman for the union said: “They form part of a wider attempt by the state to oppress precarious workers and dictate what women and other minorities can do with their bodies.

“It leaves hundreds of precarious workers unemployed during a time of unprecedented financial insecurity and rising living costs.”