Nuns accuse nearby strip club of prostitution

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STONE PARK, Ill. -- The ongoing fight between strippers and nuns in the west suburbs is entering a new round. The nuns allege employees of the strip club are engaging in prostitution.

The nuns have been fighting the strip club since it opened in 2012.

Nuns of the Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo in Melrose Park are trying to get Club Allure shut down. They say the club sits in their backyard and violates state statues that states adult establishments should not be within 1,000 feet of a church or school.

Club Allure sits just across the border in Stone Park, where officials rezoned the area for its “entertainment district.”

On Thursday, attorneys for the sisters and Melrose Park filed a new complaint in court, accusing Clue Allure of illegally obtaining its liquor license, housing prostitution and allowing its workers to drink on the job.

The sisters point to the December death of Zaira Lugo, a bartender of Club Allure, who died in a car crash after leaving work intoxicated. Her boyfriend of three years says Cub Allure is toxic to the community.

"The parents are telling me, 'I can no longer let my children play on the street or in the alley behind us,' because they see there’s drug activity there. They see that there’s other activity," said Sister Noemia Silva, Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo.

“How they present themselves is not what they actually are," said boyfriend of Zaira Lugo, Anthony Clark. "There’s a lot of things, a lot of unsavory things, that go on there, inside of those walls, that just does not lead to anything positive or good.”

“We have the right to ask the court to suppress what is a quote 'public nuisance' and a common law nuisance," said Thomas More Society President Tom Brejcha.

The owner of Club Allure is not commenting.

Attorneys for the Village of Stone Park, where this club is located, are calling the state zoning statue unconstitutional.

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