The Atlanta strip clubs have once again been hit with another unfair legislation and have filed a law suit against the state’s new tax law in which they claim unfairly targets Atlanta strip clubs. The new tax law, which goes into effect on January 1, 2018, requires all Atlanta strip clubs to annually pay $5,000 or 1 percent of revenue, whichever is greater, into a new “Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund”. This fund will provide housing and services for children who have been sex trafficked.
Those leading the lawsuit for the Atlanta strip clubs are the Georgia Association of Club Executives (GA-ACE). Jill Chambers, the group’s association director and former Dunwoody state representative, as well as other local members who represent Brookhaven’s Pink Pony, Mardi Gras in Sandy Springs and Oasis in Doraville claim this tax is unconstitutional on procedural and free-speech issues towards the Atlanta strip clubs.
While the GA-ACE acknowledges the country’s problem with sex trafficking, they do not see any correlation to the Atlanta strip clubs and feel they have been unfairly targeted. Each Atlanta strip club strictly complies to all state and county regulations when hiring adult entertainers. Anyone who has worked in an Atlanta strip club will tell you they went through the background check and verification process at the county police department before getting their adult entertainment permit.
The GA-ACE would like the Georgia Legislature to focus its efforts on finding and punishing the true perpetrators of these horrible crimes, rather than attacking the legitimate businesses, such as Atlanta strip clubs.