Rhode Island is a state where indoor prostitution is legal, but it also is a state that allows anyone from the age of 16 and up to legally strip. There never was a question until a 16-year-old runaway was found working at a strip club.
It is up to each city and town to decide laws about adult entertainment. Providence city solicitors are saying there never has been a push to keep teens off the poles; it hasn't been an issue until now.
Peg Langhammer, Executive Director at Day One, says "It isn't until later that we allow them to drive alone and we have a law that allows them to strip in clubs? It really is disgraceful." Her organization will be fighting to change the law.