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Banning under 18s from nightclubs

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BASSETERRE, St. Kitts –The St. Kitts-Nevis government is moving with speed to make it a criminal offence for persons under the age of 18 years to be admitted to night clubs and other entertainment spots. 
Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, Patrice Nisbett is seeking parliamentary approval to make it a criminal offence for a person to be permitted to enter any form of adult entertainment if that person is under the age of 18 when the National Assembly meets on Thursday.
Under the Criminal Amendment (Amendment) Bill, the owner, occupier or licencee of a night club, bar, casino or other place of adult entertainment found guilty on summary conviction shall pay a fine not exceeding EC$5,000 (US$1,851) in the case of a first offence.
A second offence will result in a fine not exceeding EC$5,000 and revocation of the business licence of that particular place or establishment. 
The draft legislation states that it shall not be a defence for the owner, occupier or licencee to claim that he or she did not know that the person admitted to the premises was under age.
It requires persons being admitted to show a valid form of picture identification including a passport, driver’s license, national identification card or Social Security card.
Earlier this month, Prime Minister Dr. Denzil L. Douglas promised that his administration would introduce new legislation to put the onus on bar and nightclub owners to keep underage children from attending nightclubs after a 15-year-old girl was found dead after attending a function at a nightclub. (CMC)

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