Corwith, Iowa – The community center is filling up with Corwith neighbors to discuss a new business in town with Jeff Burdick Sr. as the meeting leader.
“Just a concerned citizen that heard about this we have children and grandchildren in the area. We have a lot of community interest,” said Burdick Sr.
That interest is toward Dale Peterson’s business that just opened called “The Loft.”
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It’s being called a “juice bar” because they don’t serve alcohol – but they do have exotic dancers.
Peterson is calling it a gentleman’s club, but it’s what’s going on inside that has Burdick Sr. and others upset.
“My main concern is the potential for this to be part of a sex trafficking organization,” said Burdick Sr., “this is the bigger issue here about one-third of all adolescents girls are sexually abused. 95 percent of all the girls that get involved in places like this club this theater is from that group of young ladies who were sexually abused.”
Dale Peterson says that’s not the case at all.
“Totally false statement there. If he did any research in clubs throughout the area none of that has ever corresponded to places like mine,” said Peterson.
This meeting isn’t official, city leaders aren’t organizing it, but it is the second time a large group has gathered to discuss Peterson’s business.
And he says that has him worried.
“Well certainly I’m concerned I guess if they would just kick back, wait a couple months and see that all the concerns are concerns that they shouldn’t be worried about because it’s not going to happen,” said Peterson.
The meeting is being held behind closed doors so that citizens feel comfortable enough to come forth and talk about why they’re not happy with the business being here, but the question is how they plan on getting the business out.
“Simply saying the community doesn’t want this here and doing what needs to be done from keeping from having customers,” said Burdick Sr.
But Peterson says that’s not going to happen, and he’ll be appreciated in the future.
“Appreciate the extra business coming to town, its not going to harm anyone,” said Peterson.