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Labor commissioner finds Stars sexually harassed teens


Girls involved in nude dancing, prostitution at Beaverton strip club, according to Avakian.

FILE PHOTO - Stars Cabaret continues to face state investigations related to under-aged girls working in prostitution and nude dancing at the Beaverton strip club.A six-month investigation of Stars Cabaret by Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian has uncovered “substantial evidence” that the Beaverton strip club sexually harassed minors, the Bureau of Labor and Industries announced Feb. 17.

The decision sends the case to an administrative prosecution unit for drafting of formal charges and setting a hearing date.

Avakian’s investigation is one of two state-level efforts to punish Stars after a 13-year-old was prostituted by a former manager and another girl was hired as an adult entertainer as a 15-year-old while under the direction of a previously convicted sex offender.

In the other action, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission is trying to take away Stars’ liquor license for a string of allegations related to the under-aged prostitution case.

OLCC’s case originally was set for a closed hearing earlier this month, but that hearing has been rescheduled to late May.

The city of Beaverton also negotiated an unusual agreement with the club that allows police inspections, requires stringent records and other measures in an effort to prevent future abuses of minors.

Avakian’s investigation found that both girls were legally acting as employees rather than independent contractors, rejecting an argument from Stars about their status while at the club.

The Commissioner, who lives in Beaverton and is one of several candidates for Secretary of State, announced the investigation last August and later added a variety of companies and individuals to the complaint, including additional Stars locations in Tualatin and elsewhere in Oregon.

“The heinous conditions uncovered in this investigation deserve a swift and aggressive response,” Avakian said in a news release. “We intend to bring charges that reflect the severity of harassment.”

Read some of our previous coverage of allegations and actions related to Stars Cabaret:

Labor commissioner goes after Beaverton's Stars Cabaret

OLCC proposes canceling Stars Cabaret's liquor license

Beaverton forces strip club to prevent child exploitatiom

Beaverton man gets 30 years for pimping, prostituting 13-year-old girl through strip club