18-year-olds to still be allowed to strip in LA under amended bill

Bill amended to focus on spotting sex traffickers

Chris Miller
May 09, 2017 - 1:27 pm
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Older teenagers will still be allowed to work as strippers in Louisiana, after the "stripper age requirement bill" was amended before passing out of a state senate committee today.

The changes keep the minimum age to work as an exotic dancer at 18, instead of raising it to 21.

The bill does put new requirements on strip clubs, including requiring their employees receive training on how to spot human trafficking. Senator J.P. Morrell (D-New Orleans) offered the change to Senator Ronnie Johns' (R-Lake Charles) bill.

"I'm sure he's willing to work with anyone to try and make this as clean as possible to address the human trafficking," Morrell said. "That's what we're both interested in trying to deal with."

Last year, the legislature passed a law that imposed a minimum age of 21 for working as a stripper, but three dancers and the ACLU of Louisiana successfully sued to overturn the law, arguing it violated the dancers' 1st Amendment right to freedom of expression.

The amendment on the human trafficking training says that failure to comply would result in revocation of beverage license.

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