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Mandatory Retirement Age for Strippers?

In Louisiana, well, they are just different down there. Whether it’s the French influence, the Cajun cooking, the swamp gas or just living below sea level, something makes them different. I had not been to New Orleans in many years, but recently attended a wedding there. I arrived late on a Friday night and took the two teenagers and wife for a stroll down Bourbon Street. In life, there are some things that one just has to see. Bourbon Street on a Friday night is one of those things. If the kids are scarred for life, I’m sorry but it’s a crazy world out there. While I am not a fan of living life on Bourbon Street, I do acknowledge that liberty is far better than oppression.

stripper stickerStrippers aren’t unique to NOLA, but they are plentiful on Bourbon Street. I didn’t venture into any strip club, I mean I had the kids and wife in tow, but it’s just not my thing anyway. But being a fan of liberty, who am I to deny someone else that which they enjoy? Whether it be the stripper who is earning a living or the patron who likes the human form, people need to be free. Up to a point, says the Great State of Louisiana.

There was recently a bill proposed in the Louisiana House that would raise the minimum age for stripping to 21 from the current 18 years old. The good intentioned, although arguably wrong minded, legislator who proposed the bill believes that the young age allows human sex trafficking to occur. The higher age he believes will stop the flow of sex trafficking into Louisiana. The experts on the issue are divided on the subject, with some saying that strippers are actually not even in the top five of sex trafficking occupations, as farming, hotel workers, restaurants and the like are more conducive to sex trafficking. Some believe that the sex trafficking argument is just a disguise to engage in morality legislation, but that still isn’t the point of this column.

The amendment of amendments, the King of amendments, the best amendment to a bill in my memory, is the amendment to the “over 21 to be a stripper” bill that was filed by Rep. Kenny Havard, a Republican of course. Rep. Havard proposed an amendment that would make strippers have to retire at age 28 or if they get over 160 pounds. Now that is funny.

I immediately got Havard’s point, but alas, many control freaks did not. They went after Havard for being a misogynist, for being a “pig” and for being offensive. He pointed out that his amendment included men and women, but the hate flowed his way. He said he was pointing out the overregulation of everything, even stripping. “Where are we going to stop?” he asked.

He withdrew his amendment, having created the furor that I suspect he knew he would create, and the bill to make young people age 18-20 years 364 days have to go find a minimum wage job passed unanimously. Yes, even Havard voted for oppression.

And that is my complaint. Havard temporarily embraced liberty, argued for it, but he didn’t fight for it. He voted anti-liberty.

He, like the strippers, has been exposed.

Kelly Burke, master attorney, former district attorney and magistrate judge, is engaged in private practice. He writes about the law, rock’n’roll and politics. These articles are not designed to give legal advice, but are designed to inform the public about how the law affects their daily lives. Contact Kelly at kelly@burkelasseterllc.com to comment on this article or suggest articles that you’d like to see and visit his website atwww.kellyrburke.com to view prior columns.

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