Jacksonville Bill to Boost Stripping Age to 21
City Ordinance Wants to Raise ‘Legal’ Age to Dance
A proposed ordinance in Florida’s city, Jacksonville expected to be signed into law on today, Thursday, March 5th 2020 by Jacksonville, Florida, Mayor Lenny Curry, The ordinance would raise the legal age for “nude erotic dancing at establishments serving alcohol” from 18 to 21, also requires performers to obtain “work identification cards.” The “work identification card” would require applicants to be fingerprinted and photographed. Most cities in Florida already require registration for exotic dancer, but only Orlando has previously raised the legal age to work as a stripper from 18 to 21.
The Jacksonville ordinance has been presented as an element of the city’s “crackdown on sex trafficking,” according to a report by the Florida Times-Union newspaper. The new law’s co-author, City Council Member LeAnna Cumber, said the new age and identification requirements for exotic dancers “will significantly impact people in our community who are at their most vulnerable,” as quoted by the Times-Union.