Rhode IslandAttorney General Peter Kilmartin said he wants to force adult entertainmentclubs to get background checks on all dancers and other entertainers at theclubs.
Kilmartin'scomments come after a series of NBC 10 I-Team investigative reports revealedprostitution taking place in several Providence strip clubs.
"What wewant to do is have a statewide statute in place, when any of the people whocome in as dancers, we verify their age with a national background check toensure they are of legal age and not a victim of human trafficking," Kilmartinsaid.
Last July,Providence police arrested a "pimp" who was using a 15-year-old girl to danceand engage in prostitution at Cheaters Gentleman's Club. According to police,the girl was using a fake ID.
AndrewAnnaldo, the chairman of the Providence Licensing Board, said just because aclub is cited for prostitution, it doesn't necessarily mean the club's licensewill be revoked.
"If therewas a prostitution case, as we look at the license and make judgments. Is this going to be reoccurring? Is this the first time they came to us?" Annaldosaid.
After theI-Team aired its reports, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras said he's going tointroduce two ordinances that would ban private booths in strip clubs, and makemandatory a loss of license on just one finding of prostitution.