Two new champagne clubs have recently opened in Reykjavík, taking the number of such bars in Iceland’s capital to three.
“This is a champagne club. You can buy some nice wine, that’s on the expensive side, and have a chat with the girls who are working here,” owner of Crystal bar Haraldur Jóhann Þórðarson told Fréttablaðið.
A reporter at the paper described Crystal, the other new bar, which he visited undercover earlier this week, as being divided into a seating area and a private area. According to the reporter, there were five women of foreign origin dressed in underwear, stockings, short skirts and high heels.
At the VIP-Club, the reporter spoke with several women who said they were from Slovenia. The women told him that they had only recently moved to Iceland, did not speak much English and lived together in a nearby apartment. The reporter noted who he assumed to be their supervisor as the women waited for her permission before responding to questions.
The reporter was invited to go to the back area of the club, where he was told he could “do what he wanted” for ISK 20,000 (USD 165, EUR 126).
Stripping was banned in Iceland in 2010 with the implementation of a new law stipulating that it is unlawful to offer nude performances or profit in any way from the nudity of employees or anyone else present.
The response by one club owner at the time was that the women would not strip entirely but would still be scantily clad, thereby remaining inside the law.