Jacksonville strip clubs fight to lower dancer age to 18


In this Aug. 16, 2012 photo, an entertainer performs at the “Mons Venus” adult club in Tampa, Fla. The club _ located less than 6 miles from where the Republicans will gather to nominate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as their presidential candidate _ was opened 30 years ago by Joe Redner, who almost single-handedly made Tampa’s adult entertainment world famous. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Some Florida strip club owners are lobbying to lower the age limit for dancers from 21 to 18-years-old, calling the current age requirement unconstitutional.

A lawyer representing 13 clubs and four dancers in Jacksonville argued before a federal judge Friday that dancing is a form of expression protected under the First Amendment.

The city law currently bans dancers under the age of 21 and was passed in an effort to reduce sex trafficking. The measure also requires dancer to have ID city-issued cards.

City attorneys said younger people are more susceptible to the coercion that’s often part of trafficking, arguing that 21 is a safer age.


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