Legislation that would bar anyone younger than 21 from exotic dancing in Louisiana strip clubs won overwhelming support in the state Senate on Monday.
It now heads to the House for consideration but has been winning broad bipartisan support so far at the Capitol, despite some push back from club owners and dancers.
Sen. Ronnie Johns, R-Lake Charles, argued that the bill is meant to combat human trafficking. He said young women who dance in strip clubs are more susceptible to falling prey to human traffickers.
“It’s strictly an anti-human trafficking bill,” he said.
The Senate unanimously approved the bill without further discussion.
Strip club regulations, including age limits vary by state and local ordinance.
Under the proposed Senate Bill 468, people who are 18-20 would still be able to work other jobs in strip clubs but could no longer work as dancers “clothed in a manner so as to expose the genitals, pubic hair, anus, vulva, or female breast nipples below the areola in the licensed premises.”
New Orleans recently adopted an ordinance with the new age restriction, which Johns said helped serve as a model for his bill.
The New Orleans effort was pushed after a 19-year-old dancer was killed last year.
Johns said his bill would broaden the new age limit to clubs in other cities.
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