The Home Secretary has hit out at corporate high-fliers who entertain their clients at lap dancing clubs.
Jacqui Smith branded the practice "bizarre" as the Government prepared to unveil a crackdown on the sex trade that is expected to criminalise most people who use prostitutes.
Ms Smith, MP for Redditch, said lap dancing venues appeared to have become an acceptable place for work nights out, adding that new laws would make it harder for them to open.
"If I were a business person and I were wanting to make the best impression on clients, who presumably are female as well as male, I do think it's a bit bizarre that you would take them to a lap dancing club," she told the Observer.
Birmingham lap dancing venue The Rocket Club, on Broad Street, hit the headlines in September when it offered discount vouchers to delegates attending the Conservative Party Conference in the city.
A new licensing regime due to be announced later this month will see such clubs, which are currently treated the same way as pubs, subjected to the same tough rules as sex shops.
Ministers say the move will give local residents more powers to object to the venues opening, and get them closed down.
"It's not a complete ban on lap-dancing clubs, but it's saying you don't operate in a vacuum, you have an impact on the community around you," Ms Smith said. "I would hope it would make it harder for them to open, certainly in residential areas, and I would suspect that some of them will be closed when the licences come up for renewal."
This week Ms Smith will outline separate plans to criminalise paying for sex with a woman who is being "controlled for another person's gain".
The new offence will incur a large fine and result in a criminal record for the perpetrator. It covers women who are controlled by pimps or who are drug addicts and working to pay off their dealers, as well as those trafficked for sex.
It is understood that not knowing a woman's circumstances will be no defence, and kerb crawlers will be "named and shamed".
Sleeping with a prostitute known to have been trafficked could lead to rape charges.
The controversial measures have been criticised because campaigners claim it will drive prostitution underground, increasing the risk for women.
The English Collective of Prostitutes also argues it will punish women who willingly sell sex because it is more lucrative than other jobs. But Ms Smith said it was not 'mine or the government's responsibility to ensure that the demand is satisfied'.
She added: "Is this something about which people have a choice with respect to their demands? Yes, they do. Basically, if it means fewer people are able to go out and pay for sex, I think that would be a good thing."