Strippers work to ‘take back all of the power’ while clubs are shuttered during the pandemic

Kerry Justich

Cristina Villegas, 21, has been working at a strip club in her hometown of Chicago since she was 18, using the money that she makes from dancing on stage, accompanying men to champagne rooms and giving lap dances to cover her bills, to comfortably pay her rent and to fund her increasingly lavish lifestyle. But as the coronavirus hit the United States in early March, Villegas started to see a downturn in both the customers frequenting the club where she works and the amount of money that she was making per night. Then, the club closed its doors in accordance with state protocol.

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