New England

Incoming City Councilor Says Strip Club Closure Costing Jobs

An incoming member of the Providence City Council says she wants to help the 200 people left jobless when a city board revoked the license of the Foxy Lady, New England's oldest and most well-known strip club.

Katherine Kerwin, who will represent the district that includes the club, told The Providence Journal on Saturday that she doesn't disagree with the city's decision to shutter the club, but hopes the venue will reopen _ pointing to those who lose their jobs.

The Rhode Island Supreme Court has declined to intervene after the city revoked all of the club's licenses after three dancers were arrested and charged with prostitution.

Kerwin also told the paper that state lawmakers should consider decriminalizing prostitution in Rhode Island.

Kerwin will be sworn in next month.

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