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Lingerie Store Caught Selling More Than Clothes

Posted June 18, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— A business called Body Language opened its doors in Raleigh last week as a lingerie store. Tuesday,the doors closed as police shut it down.

Police discovered the store wasn't just selling clothes. They say sex shows were the main product, and the doors were still locked up tight more than 24 hours later.

The city attorney got a temporary order to shut Body Language down based on what police said was going on inside. Wanda Pope owns a nearby business and says the traffic in and out of Body Language looked pretty suspicious. Pope says there were only men coming and going, and there were only a few pieces of lingerie in the store.

Police checked it out and charge that the store was actually a front for the illegal sex shows where men would pay to watch sexually explicit performances inside.

Pope says that upset neighboring business owners in the Starmount shopping center who cater to families.

The restraining order states that the owners of Body Language were in violation of a zoning ordinance. At this time, there is no proof that there was anything criminal going on inside the store, only a charge that the business should not have been operating as it allegedly was in that particular shopping center.