Suburban Nuns Accuse Nearby Strip Club of Promoting Prostitution

The Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo allege the strip club encourages prostitution by offering lap dances

A group of suburban nuns who filed a lawsuit to shut down a neighboring strip club is making new claims against the venue, this time saying it’s promoting prostitution.

The Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo, of Melrose Park, and the Thomas More Society amended the lawsuit filed last year against Club Allure that accuses them of violating a state law because they built a strip club less than 1,000 feet from a house of worship.

In the amended lawsuit, they are claiming that the club is promoting prostitution by offering lap dances.

"Lap dancing is a vague phrase that covers a lot of sins, but there is more than 'lap dancing' here, and we have eye-witness testimony to turn over to law enforcement," Thomas Brejcha, the attorney for the Thomas More Society, said.

The sisters, along with members of the Stone Park and Melrose Park communities, are also complaining that Stone Park should never have permitted Club Allure to have a liquor license because of a village rule.

Club Allure had no comment about the amended complaint, but last year co-owner Sean O 'Brien told NBC 5's Phil Rogers that prostitution would never be allowed at Club Allure.

"Our license only allows topless, and that's as far as we're willing to go," O'Brien said.

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