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The Legality of "Taboo Parties"

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"Team Taboo" released a statement about a recent video released showing one of their "taboo parties" at Club Elements where people were having sex with one another.

"We continue to run our organization with respect and integrity. We threw a party to our knowledge everyone was carded at the door. We do not promote anything illegal or demeaning," says Team Taboo Spokesperson Kenny Lee. "We are holding an internal investigation to identify and separate our brand ‘Team Taboo' from any illegal activity."

 Is there any illegal activity involved with these taboo parties?

 "The owners and the people of the club and the people who run these parties I think they have bought themselves a lot more problems than what they initially anticipated when they apparently expanded what was an in-home party to a club and making money off of it," says Attorney Caren Nichol.

Taboo parties aside, the video production itself, Nichol says, could bring legal action against the club and organizers.

"What happens if one of these people that's in the video didn't consent to the video being produced or distributed?" says Nichol. "I mean, you see people's face in this video. People are identifiable."

She says not only will club owners and party organizers potentially face legal action, Nichol adds that the partygoers violate Tennessee's Public Indecency and Indecent Exposure laws.

"The people who are participating are committing criminal offenses. It's public indecency, it's exposure," says Nichol. "Although they think they're at some private party, they're not. They're in a public club, it's defined as a public place, if they charge a cover that does not prevent them from being a public place."

A "public place" according to state law 39-13-511 is defined as any location frequented by the public including "business and commercial establishments ... whether open to the public at large or where entrance is limited by a cover charge or membership requirement."

Nichol says while researching Memphis' taboo party issue she noted there is a "swingers club" that operates in Nashville. She says it all comes down to city ordinance and local laws in addition to state laws.

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