I and my colleagues Paul Blomfield MP and Gill Furniss MP have written to Sheffield City Council to object to renewing the license for Spearmint Rhino. Our objections are based on its location near important cultural landmarks, its proximity to facilities for young people and survivors of abuse, and the nature of the work carried out there which we feel is degrading, disrespectful and exploitative of women who are often vulnerable.
The Council has made good progress towards equality with a gender-balanced cabinet, strong female leadership and the establishment of the Women’s Hub to tackle sexual violence and exploitation, among other issues. We hope that they take this positive reputation into account when deciding on this application.
You can read our full letter below: