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South Coast Assemblyman Proposes Tax On Strip Club Customers To Fund Sexual Assault Prosecution, Treatment, Awareness Efforts

Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2012 12:02am

A South Coast assemblyman is proposing to raise money for program to help prosecute, educate, and prevent sexual assault cases by taxing strip club customers.

Democratic Congressman Das Williams of Santa Barbara, who represents parts of Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties, is proposing a ten dollar per customer charge on people visiting strip clubs.

The clubs would be allowed to determine if the money would come from admission fees, or other ways, as long as it’s not passed on to the adult entertainers.

Money raised though AB 2441would be used for things like forensic exam rape kits, rape crisis centers, and sexual assault awareness and prevention programs.

Rape crisis centers lost about 25% of their federal funding last year.

The legislation is modeled after similar laws now in effect in Texas, and Utah.

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