Bill banning teen dancers from adult clubs moves to Senate
BATON ROUGE - A proposal that would prevent adult entertainment venues from hiring dancers under the age of 21 has won support from a Louisiana Senate committee.
Lake Charles Sen. Ronnie Johns, a Republican, says his bill to raise the age from 18 would protect young women and combat human trafficking. He says trafficking has been a concern in Louisiana and at strip clubs.
A Senate judiciary committee sent the measure Tuesday to the full Senate for debate.
Robert Watters, owner of New Orleans adult entertainment club Rick's Cabaret, spoke against the bill, saying the change would limit women who enter the adult dancing business for good reasons.
Johns says New Orleans already enforces a city ordinance requiring dancers to be at least 21 years old.