The state of Rhode Island has no law barring minors from working as strippers as long as they meet their 11:30pm curfew on weeknights and provide work permits. Despite the fact that the age of consent in Rhode Island is 16, individuals of that age are still very much children and establishing themselves in such a salacious environment may foster the objectification of child sex and place them in great danger.
It seems greatly disproportionate that a 16-year-old is barred from working at a gas station or manufacturing plant due to physical hazards in Rhode Island, yet strip clubs are granted legal sanctuary if they hire a girl of the same age group to entertain their male clientele.
This law is exposing young girls to a dangerous occupation and is promoting their exploitation in a sexual environment. This law must be ratified immediately!