Human Traffic Watch

New Strip Club Rules Aim To Stop Trafficking

In Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on October 20, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Albuquerque city councilors late Monday adopted a host of new regulations for strip clubs aimed at discouraging human trafficking, prostitution and other crimes.

The ordinance sets out record-keeping requirements on the identity of performers and calls for signs to be posted telling employees how to report human trafficking.

It also prohibits “adult cabaret entertainment” in private areas of the club that aren’t open and visible to others.

Councilors voted 7-2 in favor of the bill after a lengthy — and sometimes heated — discussion. Dan Lewis, Isaac Benton and Debbie O’Malley co-sponsored the ordinance. Joining them in favor were Ken Sanchez, Brad Winter, Michael Cook and Don Harris.

Lewis said the bill was needed “to protect some of the most vulnerable people in our society.” Many of the rules have already been enacted in other cities, he said.

Source: ABQ Journal


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