The Kokomo City Council will meet Monday with just one item on the agenda: strip clubs.
The council is considering an ordinance that would require adult entertainers to obtain a license in order to do business or be hired by a club.
Councilwoman Cindy Sanders has been an outspoken proponent of the ordinance. She says the new regulation would help protect the strip clubs from hiring victims of human trafficking.
“We know that a lot of business do get agencies to bring in people, and so it protects the business to know that they’re not actually allowing people that shouldn’t be performing,” Sanders says.
But the owner of the Hip Hugger strip club Don Draper says claims of human trafficking are ridiculous.
“I’ve been here 45 years and I never alleged human trafficking. There is not human trafficking,” Drapers says. “Do you know what human trafficking is? It’s when they bring in girls in from South America and force them into doing jobs like that and prostitution.”
City council members say they hope Monday’s meeting will provide a forum where they can find common ground and further specify what would be required of strip clubs and individual entertainers.