Exotic dancing now limited to those over 21
Louisiana ATC can now enforce a law barring anyone under the age of 21 from working as an erotic dancer in bars and nightclubs. That law, passed in 2016, had been held up after a federal court declared it too vague, but Solicitor General Liz Murrill says that’s no longer the case.
“They could still bring as applied challenges, but it will have to be on a case by case basis. The law itself is not invalid, and ATC can enforce it.”
The law was blocked after a challenge from three women who say the restriction cost them their lucrative dancing jobs, and interfered with their first amendment rights.
That’s due to the reversal of a previous 5th US Circuit Appellate Court decision barring enforcement until the specifics of how much nudity was allowed were ironed out. Murrill says after asking for another hearing, the AG’s office made their case and….
“The panel actually vacated its original analysis and substituted for a new one, and clarified the vagueness standard.”
The law was part of a 2016 effort to curb sex trafficking, much of which advocates say was resulting in young women being coerced or forced into dancing at late night clubs. Murrill says the law is justified, and should help curb some of that trafficking.
“This one in particular was related to very legitimate concerns from the legislature about trafficking in nightclubs, and we produced evidence of that.”