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Senate passes strip-club watchdog bill to fight human trafficking

April 13, 2011

Bill to combat sex trafficking passes Senate
State Senator Bruce Starr Press Release

Salem, OR — Senate Bill 898, which will fight sex trafficking in Oregon by establishing another watchdog over strip clubs, passed the State Senate on a unanimous vote Thursday.

“We must do more to protect underage girls who are preyed upon by the sex trafficking trade,” said Senator Bruce Starr (R-Hillsboro), who introduced the legislation. “This bill gives us another tool to identify women who are under-aged, working in strip clubs and at high-risk to be pulled into the illegal sex trade.”

Senate Bill 898 authorizes the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to request proof that an individual working at a strip club meets the minimum age requirements. This provides another set of eyes to identify underage workers and individuals who might be targets of sex traffickers. If an individual cannot provide proof that they are over 21, the OLCC can order them to stop working. The OLCC can also cite an employer for allowing an underage individual to work in a strip club.

“Places like strip clubs are prime grounds for recruiting and hiding sex trafficking victims,” said Starr. “We want a watchdog that can look out for suspicious activity like the hiring of underage dancers. These red flags can help smoke out sex trafficking rings.”

The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for approval.

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AnDroid April 13, 2011

Underage strippers really aren’t a problem here. It’s obviously already illegal for anyone under 18 to work in a strip club. If an underage person did manage to sneak in and get employment in a club, it would more than likely be at an 18+ juice bar, not governed by OLCC. Also there is a mistake in this article: 18-year-olds can legally dance at most 21+ strip clubs (they just can’t drink).

Justin April 13, 2011

Bruce Starr is making stuff up in order to demonize legitimate adult businesses. This is a phony issue and everything he says about strip clubs could be said about him and it wouldn’t be any more or less fair. We need more watchdogs at Bruce Starr’s house, looking for suspicious activity like the hiring of underage babysitters who he may or may not be *********.

Justin Allen April 13, 2011

When is Bruce Starr going to call for watchdogs in Catholic Churches? It’s a fact that more children have been sexually assaulted by Priests than have been employed by strip clubs in America.

Richard A. Sands, PD/PI April 14, 2011

This ought to be the law in every state across the county…

State of Texas Legislature 82(R) – 2011, H.B. 1929: Adult Entertainment Human Trafficking Bill.

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/82R/billtext/html/HB01929I.htm

H.B. 1929, Adult Entertainment Human Trafficking Bill and are indeed currently forwarding copies of said same to other honorable legislators across the entire country for their review and due diligent consideration, help US end/stop human trafficking modern-day slavery, contact your state legislators today, ask them for their support and co-sponsorship to enact said same across the entire country.

Richard A. Sands, PD/PI April 14, 2011

Texas has moved forward in terms of cracking down on human trafficking in the states. In January 2011, the governors, US Senator John Cornyn and Mayor Tom Leppert pledged to fight against human trafficking in Texas.
Thank you all, thank you everyone for joining US to help end/stop human and drug trafficking, please feel free to post updates on said same.
For more information on the bill and the history of the bill, visit http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/82R/billtext/html/HB01929I

Richard April 14, 2011

Texas has moved forward in terms of cracking down on human trafficking in the states. In January 2011, the governors, US Senator John Cornyn and Mayor Tom Leppert pledged to fight against human trafficking in Texas.
Thank you all, thank you everyone for joining US to help end/stop human and drug trafficking, please feel free to post updates on said same.

Richard April 14, 2011

State of Texas Legislature 82(R) – 2011, H.B. 1929: Adult Entertainment Human Trafficking Bill.

Rube April 15, 2011

You people who jump all over Starr should maybe pick up a book, research human trafficking, become aware of the problem just in our state of Oregon. It’s not just across the ocean or in seedy little corners of the U.S. Are you going to wait until it touches your lives personally to realize that CHILDREN as young as 10 and 11 are being manipulated into prostitution? Do you honestly think a 13 year old wakes up one day and decides she wants to be a prostitute, servicing dirty men 10 times a day?

Really Justin Allen? Really?

AnDroid April 16, 2011

Hey “Rube”: The issue here is that there is no connection between strip clubs and human trafficking (unlike the molestation and rape happening in Catholic churches, which is a known fact), so your hero Starr has done nothing to prevent human trafficking. He’s just hurting legitimate local businesses.

The 11- or 13-year-olds you’re talking about have nothing to do with strip clubs. Read the article before you attempt to challenge people who are far more intelligent and well-read than you are.

Paul October 16, 2011

No connection between strip clubs and human trafficking? I think your claim to be well-read is bogus “android”. Wake up.

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