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NEW: Solomon to Introduce New Strip Club Regulations in Providence

Thursday, August 08, 2013


Providence City Council President Michael A. Solomon has announced he will be introducing new legislation to ensure that minors are not inadvertently hired to work at adult entertainment venues in the city of Providence.

“The recently reported case of a 15-year old girl being hired as a performer at a local adult entertainment establishment made clear the need for stricter requirements,” stated Solomon. In 2009, Solomon sponsored the city ordinance which prohibits people under the age of 18 from working at such venues. After the City approved the ordinance, the State also passed a law barring minors from employment at adult entertainment establishments.

Solomon would require adult entertainment licensees to obtain a criminal background check for each prospective employee, for the specific purpose of age verification. “Relying only on a driver’s licenses or a state-issued photo identification card as proof of age has proven to be problematic in a number of cases at strip clubs, as IDs can be manipulated and falsified,” Solomon said. “Requiring background checks for all employees, as a condition of the license for an adult entertainment venue, will allow owners and managers to obtain reliable information, so that they can be sure they are not violating city and state law by hiring minors.

“Most important, this requirement will protect our children from an environment that places them in harm’s way—physically and emotionally,” Solomon added.

The ordinance will be introduced at the next City Council meeting, scheduled for Thursday, September 5th at 7 p.m.


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