Thursday, January 29, 2009

Proposed Bills to Curb Sexual Exploitation of Children

State Senator Renee Untermanl

To help stop the exploitation, Unterman and State Representative Amy Carter plan to introduce a bill that would increase the minimum age of erotic dancers from 18 to 21. They also want to change an existing law to allow anyone, not just parents or caregivers, to report sexual child abuse.

The two other committee members, State Representative Calvin Hill and State Senator Jack Murphy, say they’ll introduce a bill in their respective chambers that will put a $3 to $5 entrance fee at the door of strip clubs. That fee, they say, would help fund rehabilitation centers for kids who were sexually exploited.

-By Carl Zornes

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