Police in Providence recently discovered that nothing in any city ordinance, state law, or federal law prohibits a 16-year-old individual from working as a stripper in the city, the Providence Journal reports.
The discovery came as a surprise to some after police found evidence that some 16 year-olds were working at strip clubs in the city and could make no arrests.
Both federal law and state law prohibit workers who are under 18 years old from working hazardous occupations. However, neither federal law nor state law lists stripping as a hazardous occupation.
The newspaper reports that if a 16-year-old worker wants to work in a strip club in Providence, all he or she would need is to have an employment certificate (required by the state for employees under the age of 18), abide by the state's hour restrictions, and never serve alcohol. In Rhode Island, children under the age of 18 are prohibited from working before 6 a.m. or after 11:30 p.m. on a day preceding a school day (but they may work until 1:30 a.m. on a day not preceding a school day).
“I've been doing this a long time, and I can't find anything that says it's illegal for a 16-year-old or a 17-year-old to take her top off and dance,” Sgt. Carl Weston of the Providence Police tells the newspaper.
The newspaper is reporting that a state lawmaker is preparing legislation similar to laws in other states barring anyone under the age of 18 from working as an exotic dancer. Do you think any lawmaker will vote against it?
Source: Providence Journal