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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas city council said an adult sex expo is not welcome in the city.
The Council voted 8-7 to ban the Exxxotica Expo from using the Kay Bailey Hutchison convention center after hearing emotional testimony from 20 residents.
Many critics fumed when the Exxxotica Expo brought three days of X-rated film stars, adult-themed shows and sex toys to the downtown Dallas convention center last year, upset that such an event was held in a city-operated venue. Opponents argued that such an expo violated the city’s ban on sexually-oriented businesses.
Opponents such as Roslyn Dawson Thompson with the Dallas Woman’s Foundation, who said the expo encourages the sex trade.
“In North Texas alone it’s a $99 million a year industry. And behind those dollars are tragedies. Individual tragedies of women and girls and boys.”
Councilwoman Jennifer Staubach Gates said the expo exploits women.
“I am not going to be silent about this. I am not going to be silent about an industry that is exploiting women and children.”
Mayor Mike Rawlings echoed Gates comments.
“I found out on their website that there’s a place called the dungeon, where women are tied up and whipped.”
But councilman Phillip Kingston said this is a first amendment issue and the expo does not cause certain crimes attributed to it.
“Based on Chief David Brown’s answers, the Exxxotica convention, did not and does not cause child sexual abuse or human trafficking.”
The expo organizer plans to sue the city over the ruling.
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