(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Visitors to Indiana's strip clubs could be forced to pay an admission tax if a sex crimes victims advocacy group has its way.
The Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault wants lawmakers to pass a $5 tax that would be paid at the door of every strip club in the state. The group wants the revenue to go towards services for survivors of sex crimes.
Erik Scheub with INCASA tells WRTV-TV that two-thirds of the state's 92 counties offer inadequate services for survivors of sex crimes. The only state funding amounts to about $25,000 a year and most rape crisis centers in the state rely mostly on federal funding.
Texas has a law that has a $5 admission tax for adult entertainment which generates $10 million annually. Illinois and Utah have similar laws.