OLYMPIA – A bill aimed at prioritizing the safety and well-being of workers in the adult entertainment industry passed the Senate on Wednesday.  

SB 6105, sponsored by Sen. Rebecca Saldaña (D-Seattle), proposes regulations focused on creating a secure and professional environment within adult entertainment establishments. The bill mandates comprehensive measures, including de-escalation training for staff within 30 days of hiring and biennially thereafter. This training, developed by a third party, addresses key topics such as preventing sexual harassment, identifying the risks of trafficking, conflict de-escalation, and first aid, aiming to minimize unprofessional behavior and enhance support for entertainers during conflicts. 

“Strippers are workers, and they should be given the same rights and protections as any other labor force,” said Saldaña. “If they are employed at a legal establishment in Washington, they deserve the safeguards that other workers are entitled to, including protection from exploitation, violence, and wage enforcement. 

Added security measures include providing dedicated security personnel during specified hours to ensure a heightened level of safety during operations and ensuring required panic buttons are accessible. 

The bill also advocates for fair labor practices by ensuring clear contracts and a minimum three-month duration for fees. It prohibits certain charges, such as late fees and charges resulting from entertainers carrying forward unpaid ‘back rent’ balances, thereby preventing unfair financial burdens on workers. Additionally, the bill ties any consideration of allowing liquor licenses to compliance with safety and wage regulations, ensuring greater incentive for safety and accountability. 

“It is crucial that we confront the stigma surrounding adult entertainment and recognize the humanity of those involved in the industry,” Saldaña added. “Turning a blind eye to the exploitation and vulnerability faced by adult entertainers serves only to perpetuate injustice and harm. We need to recognize the rights of all workers to safeguard their well-being.” 

The bill now heads to the House for consideration.