The city of Providence has adopted a new “one-strike” policy for strip clubs. The new ordinance is aimed at cracking down on prostitution.
The Providence City council approved the ordinance after pushback from the Mayor’s office and the police department over an incident at Cheaters Gentlemen’s club last year. Police found a fourteen year old girl working at the club, and soliciting for sex. The city’s board of licenses gave Cheaters a five-thousand dollar fine, and suspended their license for 45-days. But critics said that was little more than a slap on the wrist.
Providence Mayor Angel Taveras wants to use a one-strike policy to close strip clubs that permit a single instance of prostitution or hiring underage strippers. This comes after police found that a 14-year-old girl working at Cheaters was soliciting for sex at the club.
Taveras’ spokesman, David Ortiz, says the mayor was disappointed by how the Providence Board of Licenses recently fined Cheaters 5000 dollars and suspended its license for 45 days. Ortiz said Taveras supports using any permissible legal means to keep Cheaters closed.