ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Strip club owners in Albuquerque would have to be licensed and their performers could no longer touch their customers under a proposal being drafted by several city council members.
Councilors Dan Lewis, Debbie O'Malley, and Isaac Benton plan to present the bill next week.
If it passes it would also ban VIP rooms at the strip clubs and they would be required to post signs with a phone number for a human trafficking hotline.
Lewis tells KOB-TV in Albuquerque that the bill could help curb prostitution and human trafficking. He says outlawing strip clubs in the city isn't possible but tougher regulations would protect children.