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Tampa’s prostitutes, strip clubs and other sex-related industries plan to cash in during the Republican Presidential convention that comes to town this week.
If history is any guide, they will do very well.
“Conventions are a time when even the most conservative and uptight types let their hair and inhibitions down,” political consultant Arnold Block tells Capitol Hill Blue. “Republicans particularly have a history of going wild at convention time.”
Calls by Capitol Hill Blue to some of Tampa’s escort services showed they are booked solid for the week.
A spokesman for Mystic Kisses, an escort service that serves Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater says “companions” are in short supply for the week. One source says the services are importing extra women from Miami and Orlando.
Sex and fetish shops are stocking extra items for the influx of Republicans.
A sales associate for Todd Couples Superstore in Tampa — a sex and fetish shop — told Capitol Hill Blue that they expect a run on their “better erotic items.”
“Republicans may be tight-asses in public but they know how to party in private,” she said.
Meanwhile, a source close to the Tampa Police Department and Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said vice officers have been told to stand down during convention week to avoid catching any prominent Republicans in compromising positions.
“The city spent lot of money attracting the convention,” the source said. “The last thing it wants is a scandal.”