Okay, I'm actually an under cover author here, and I have a novel that is coming out on Wednesday about the strip club industry and why it is looked down upon and what the inner workings really are, and how not every stripper is a prostitute, etc. I dont want to whore the link, but if anyone is interested, send me a PM.
Now, as for strippers, a very dear friend of mine was a stripper for five years. She was asked to do things that she didnt want to do nightly at one club, and even lost money because she refused to do "what the other girls did." She would basically be ran out of clubs for not hooking. Now, the entire time she's working the clubs she's putting in applications for the various sheriff's and police departments all over the area because she wants a career in law enforcement. The girl was basically working to pay for her schooling, and is now in academy and on her way to becoming a deputy coroner.
Not every stripper is up to no good. Even in cities where it is rampant and there's "something going on every night," there are girls out there who just wont do what you're expecting them to because they have standards. That's what my book is about.
I am actually fascinated by the industry because of everything that goes on in it. It's quite brutal and there's a lot of prejudice and tragedy on the more personal levels. As a customer it's kind of easy to group everyone who works at a strip club as one thing, but everyone's got a story. That's what's so fascinating about it.
I think that the mischief in general is what draws people to them and away from them, and it's all a matter of what you expect to get out of it.