Any men who've had a stroll through the Rynek recently will more than likely have bumped into one of the many young women carrying pink umbrellas. Motivated by their 10/15zl commission per client, the girls are keen, if not desperate, to get as many guys into Rynek based stripclub 'Klub Go Go Cocomo' as possible.
While some of these girls merely go about their jobs and use their good looks and 'charms' to their advantage, others can be a little more intrusive and certainly don't take no for answer. If reports by Gazeta Wrocławska are to believed, some of the Go Go umbrella girls have literally grabbed and pulled passers-by in the direction of the club, and have even promoted the seedy venue to men walking about with their family. These comments were repeated in the same article by Rynek based restaurateur Andrzej Dobek, who claims that Cocomo's activities are having a negative effect on his business.
One could argue that Dobek is a hypocrite however, as he isn't against stripclubs altogether, just as long as they aren't close to his restaurant. In an interview with the aforementioned newspaper, he is quoted as saying that stripclubs are "In every major European city, and it's hard for us to be any different. The difference is however, that in Wrocław the stripclubs operate wherever they want, and not, as in Prague, on one street where everyone knows what goes on, and if you don't to want to see any of it, you just don't go."
Could Dobek's comments prompt the city to consider allocating Wrocław a 'red light zone' for sex shops and stripclubs? Wrocław Uncut thinks that this is most unlikely, but it is an interesting proposition nevertheless. Would the move clean up the city centre? Or could it potentially smear the city by turning it into the sex tourism capital of Poland? We want your thoughts on the matter.
Meanwhile Rafał Czepil, a Wrocław councillor representing conservative political party Pis, thinks that enough damage has already been done to the city's reputation. In a damning letter sent to president Dutkiewicz, Czepil asked the President "Is this how you want to promote the city?" Czepil added "The situation we face today is unacceptable. Are you taking any action to change this situation? And if so, what? And why have you not made any response to eliminate the soliciting of passers-by from our very city centre?"
Most of the media attention on the stripclubs has been firmly presented with a negative slant, but not everyone is against them operating on the Rynek, or even elsewhere in the old town. The majority of women who work both inside and outside the club's have repeatedly said in media reports that they are happy with their work, and that it pays well too. Some commentators also argue that stripclubs have the same right as any other business to own a premises in the city centre, and that more empty commercial space is the last thing Wrocław's economy needs.
Nevertheless, the aggressive promotion and existence of a high profile stripclub on the Rynek has upset enough people to make it the subject of our weekly poll.
Should stripclubs be allowed to operate on the market square? We want your opinion, so please vote in the poll below, comment using the Facebook box at the bottom of the page, or join the debate on Wrocław expats.