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Legal Loophole In Rhode Island Allows 16 and 17 Year Olds To Work As Strippers

 
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Providence, RI (The Weekly Vice) - In Providence, Rhode Island, there are no state laws or city ordinances in place to keep 16 and 17-year-old teens from working at strip clubs. It's a loophole in the law that has left taxpayers outraged and law enforcement officials powerless to do anything about it.

Providence police became aware of the loophole while investigating a case of a 16-year-old runaway from Boston who began stripping at Cheaters Gentleman's club in Providence.

According to Rhode Island state law, it is illegal for a minor to purchase or appear in pornographic material - but that doesn't prevent them from stripping for money.

Child labor laws regulate the number of hours and the time of day minors can work. Sixteen and 17-year-olds are not allowed to pump gas or work in manufacturing. However, ‘Nowhere does it say anything about a kid not being able to strip,’ says youth services Sgt. Carl Weston.

Although the law does state minors cannot be employed for "any lewd or indecent act", the terms 'lewd' and 'indecent' apparently do not include stripping because they apply to a behavior. Since strip clubs are legal and accepted in the state of Rhone Island, authorities say the are unable to define stripping as "lewd".

Police are worried that the teens might offer sexual favors, which would also be legal, because the legal age of consent in the state is sixteen.

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Re: Legal Loophole In Rhode Island Allows 16 and 17 Year Olds To Work As Strippers
Allow me to REPEAT this one for the shock value alone...

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Providence, RI (The Weekly Vice) - In Providence, Rhode Island, there are no state laws or city ordinances in place to keep 16 and 17-year-old teens from working at strip clubs. It's a loophole in the law that has left taxpayers outraged and law enforcement officials powerless to do anything about it.

Providence police became aware of the loophole while investigating a case of a 16-year-old runaway from Boston who began stripping at Cheaters Gentleman's club in Providence.

According to Rhode Island state law, it is illegal for a minor to purchase or appear in pornographic material - but that doesn't prevent them from stripping for money.

Child labor laws regulate the number of hours and the time of day minors can work. Sixteen and 17-year-olds are not allowed to pump gas or work in manufacturing. However, ‘Nowhere does it say anything about a kid not being able to strip,’ says youth services Sgt. Carl Weston.

Although the law does state minors cannot be employed for "any lewd or indecent act", the terms 'lewd' and 'indecent' apparently do not include stripping because they apply to a behavior. Since strip clubs are legal and accepted in the state of Rhone Island, authorities say the are unable to define stripping as "lewd".

Police are worried that the teens might offer sexual favors, which would also be legal, because the legal age of consent in the state is sixteen.

[link to www.theweeklyvice.com]

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Shouldn't be difficult to fix though. Just pass an amendment to the child labour law that lumps stripping in with manufacturing as an industry you need to be 18 to work in.
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They only have a limited number of earning years, as do other sports professionals. Would be cool if R.I. became widely famous for it's kiddie strippers, a new tourist attraction.
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I can see it now~~~~~~~The Minor League
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Legislation has already been introduced to close the loophole and the strip club owners are in support of it. They don't need the hassles since they are having no trouble finding enough women 18 and older to strip for them.

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For one thing, Shappy said, the poor economy has driven more women to the clubs' doors, searching for work.

"We have so many girls who want to work," Shappy said. "Housewives, college students, office workers, hairdressers. I have an LPN, and RN, a girl at the ticket counter at Green [Airport]."
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every morning during the school year i see these girls walking to school in miniskirts, high heels and halter tops. most of these girls go to school dressed like that to attract boys who knock'em up. then they drop out. if they can dress like sluts and take it off for cash instead of kids,and choose to drop out of school, at least these girls will be earning an income and paying taxes. maybe not procreating...or doing drugs......it kinda makes sense why this loophole would be ok'd in the country's 3rd most unemployed state, crime and teen pregnancy, drug use and dunkin donuts abound.
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Shouldn't be difficult to fix though. Just pass an amendment to the child labour law that lumps stripping in with manufacturing as an industry you need to be 18 to work in.
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Sure, justify it as tent pole manufacturing.
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They only have a limited number of earning years, as do other sports professionals. Would be cool if R.I. became widely famous for it's kiddie strippers, a new tourist attraction.
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16-17 is hardly kiddie.

They are driving cars and partying with booze and drugs at that age.
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They only have a limited number of earning years, as do other sports professionals. Would be cool if R.I. became widely famous for it's kiddie strippers, a new tourist attraction.

16-17 is hardly kiddie.

They are driving cars and partying with booze and drugs at that age.
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i wasn't!
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More stupid shit. If you can't go into the place as a customer, how can you work there?

It's not like an nc-17 movie theater where you can go with your parents permission.
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oh and just for form:

all your 16 and 17 year old strippers are belong to me.
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Re: Legal Loophole In Rhode Island Allows 16 and 17 Year Olds To Work As Strippers
if its legal its legal
what is the problem
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Time for lawmakers to act. There is a related post at [link to iamsoannoyed.com] stfu