A Loophole We Should Close

I’m with Rep. Joanne Giannini on closing the loophole that allows minors under the age of 18 to work in strip clubs.

Since there are already many regulations that restrict the kind of work and hours of work that can be done by minors, a law should be easier to pass than one that applies to adults.

Protecting adults from their own choices is problematic, but children unquestionably do need protection until they reach the age of majority.

Tara Hurley makes the excellent point on her blog that the 16 year old girl who was found working in a Providence strip club was a victim of human trafficking. We have a brand-new shiny law passed in 2007 to prosecute this kind of crime. Will this be the test case?

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  1. This is exponentially different from a 30 year old advertising on Craigslist or a 40 year old providing “massages” without coercion.
    First off,no one under drinking age should work in a place serving alcohol.
    Secondly,no one under 18 should be allowed to engage in stripping,period,end of story.
    The problem is that we have a 16 yearr old age of consent here.That is insane.It would be okay if the consent were limited to relations with someone no more than 5 years older,which is a reasonable dating age difference.But no,a 50 year old slob can have sex with a 16 year old legally in RI.
    That’s disgusting.And I didn’t get that attitude from Rush Limbaugh.There is such a thing as common sense.
    I hope they pass legislation tomorrow to rectify this.
    A kid of 16 should actually be in school.
    My son quit school at 16 and moved in with a woman ten years older and we couldn’t do anything.The long term consequences for him weren’t that great.
    And let’s not let the gay joints off the hook.I know the minute you bring this up the “homophobe”chorus starts chirping,but so what.I’l tell it like it is.How many politicians and other “pillars of society”in this state chase young(but legal age)boys on Allens Avenue?
    I truly don’t care what two adult men do together-it’s none of my business and it doesn’t even offend me,is how little I care.I do think sex between teenagers and grown adults sucks(oops!)-but you get the point.

      1. There are times when Joe and I disagree, but this isn’t one of them.

        Joe’s comments about the age of consent are interesting. I teach a couple of high school classes/year about “dating” relationships, inappropriate “conduct” and the legal consequences therefrom. One of the things I try to impress on the kids, especially the young women, is that the age of consent (e.g. 16) is an artificial line that confers no instant wisdom or worldliness. Some of the comments I get back indicate that the age is really set too low (raise to 35?).

        What’s really unsettling about this “stripping” issue is the obvious abuse that is taking place here. Kids that age are still cognitively developing and are thus often easily overwhelmed by others – especially older people.

        To me, this is abuse and exploitation writ large.

  2. We really do look like a throw back state!

    Clearly we need to eradicate the nemotodes that put these laws into place. What moron(s) thought that one up….sounds a little to close to child preditors!

  3. I think the problem with the law is not an intent to enable teenagers to work in strip clubs, but that the law failed to make this illegal. Changing it should not be that difficult because there is already precedent for limiting the kind of work that minors can do, and banning them from hazardous work.
    2 points- the ProJo editorial sees banning indoor prostitution as the answer, but how that will stop the hiring of minors in strip clubs is unclear to me. stripping is not legally prostitution and we don’t have a law banning minors from doing it.
    we have an anti-trafficking law passed in 2007, this incident may be a test case for that law since it seems that ‘force, fraud and coercion’ might be a factor and the girl was also underage, traveling across state lines.

  4. How old do you have to be in order to work in a place that serves alcohol?Or allows its consumption on the premises(BYOB joints)?

  5. perhaps it should be 21. that would cover a lot. or have an age requirement for places that serve alcohol but aren’t full restaurants. a lot of kids have jobs in restaurants with a liquor license.

  6. Someone can correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe the case law is settled about allowing 18 yr olds to work in places that serve alcohol.

    How in the name of anything holy can we have laws that allow minors under the age of 18 to work in such places? This is truly mind-boggling.

    How can this be allowed?

    Seriously.

    If it’s been happening, then it’s because enough people in the Legislature think this is a good idea.

    If the GOP wants an issue, here it is. Apparently they don’t care about it either.

  7. the girl used a fake ID. so that is one factor. the 40 year old guy she thought was her boyfriend is someone to go after.

  8. today’s Projo has an editorial about the effects of the ‘spas’ on other businesses, which is a valid point.

  9. Klaus is absolutely correct. This is insane. What idiots put this in and hopefully the A.G.’s office will stomp it out!

  10. I’m with Rep. Joanne Giannini on closing the loophole that allows minors under the age of 18 to work in strip clubs.

    Since there are already many regulations that restrict the kind of work and hours of work that can be done by minors, a law should be easier to pass than one that applies to adults.

    Protecting adults from their own choices is problematic, but children unquestionably do need protection until they reach the age of majority.

    Tara Hurley makes the excellent point on her blog that the 16 year old girl who was found working in a Providence strip club was a victim of human trafficking. We have a brand-new shiny law passed in 2007 to prosecute this kind of crime. Will this be the test case?

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