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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Providence City Council has approved what Mayor Angel Taveras calls a "one strike" law against city strip clubs, which will now be shut down for allowing prostitution or minors on their premises.
The council voted unanimously Tuesday night to amend a city ordinance. The revamped law mandates that the city Board of Licenses revoke the licenses of adult entertainment clubs, if they are found negligent in allowing prostitution or people under 18 in their establishments.
The amended law was sparked by a decision by the Board of Licenses last year.
The board fined the Cheaters Gentlemen's Club $5,000 and suspended its license for 45 days, after police said they discovered a 14-year-old girl working and soliciting sex in the club. Taveras and other officials wanted a permanent license revocation.
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