Thursday, May 17, 2012 | 4:50 p.m.
The Nevada Gaming Commission has approved the licensing of a general manager of a downtown Las Vegas topless club after being assured the dancers were warned against soliciting for prostitution or being involved with drugs.
Raul J. Nino Jr. told the commission Thursday there was "zero tolerance for drugs and solicitations."
In 2009, 12 dancers at the Girls of Glitter Gulch were arrested for soliciting prostitution.
Nino said there is "proactive security," and when the girls do a "bad dance, they are reprimanded."
Three violations of improper dances result in firing, he said. "Totally inappropriate dancing results in immediate termination."
The state denied a slot machine license to the club in 2008 after gaming agents visited twice. On the first visit they were solicited for prostitution. On their second visit the agents were asked whether they wanted to purchase illegal narcotics.
In 2009, Nino said a "big sting" by local authorities resulted in the arrest of the 12 girls. An attorney for the club said nine citations were issued but the city attorney's office declined to prosecute.
And there was no discussion to revoke the license by the city.
The commission unanimously granted the license for Nino. The gaming license for 15 slot machines at Girls of Glitter Gulch comes up for renewal next March.
Commissioner Randolph Townsend said some businesses may not be appropriate for gaming. But he added the city may license one type of business and the state uses a different standard.
"There could be a problem in March," he said.