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Moorhead approves ordinance for adult entertainers

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In an effort to curb prostitution, the city of Moorhead unanimously approved an ordinance Monday night that would require workers in the adult entertainment industry to be licensed.

The Forum reports strippers, escorts and exotic dancer must undergo background checks and pay a $250 licensing fee to conduct business in the city or face a misdemeanor.

Licenses would be denied to those with previous drug or prostitution charges. Police say the regulations could limit prostitution on websites like Backpage.com where ads for escorts or dancers are often a front for prostitution.

Moorhead Police Chief David Ebinger says by forcing people to register, officers would know who’s legitimate and who’s not.

Fargo is expected to discuss a similar ordinance.

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