Rhode Island getting closer to outlawing indoor sex work.

Today is a busy day for Sex Worker Rights.  With news of Craigslist(only in the US) canceling the Erotic Services section, we’ve had a flurry of press calls.  Plus Rhode Island (the only state where indoor prostitution is legal) just had the house pass H5044 Sub A, the vote was 62 to 8, and this is the 4th year they’ve tried it, and it’s gotten way farther (it’s never even got out of committee before).  If you care about this issue, especially if you are in Rhode Island, PLEASE CALL a state senator in RI, by filling out the bottom form at this page: http://www.sec.state.ri.us/vic/ to track down who your senator is. (Yes they make it complicated, so that you WON’T talk to them, prove them wrong!)

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  2. This is being sold as a way to fight “human trafficking,” as if it would have the faintest impact on that kind of activity. The idiocy of some politicians astounds me, even after all we’ve been through.

  3. Alexa, politicians don’t care about about trafficked victims. It’s just a cheap way to score political points with soccer moms.

    What the Rhode Island legislature is doing is depriving the state of jobs and tourist money, and therefore also of taxes. And this at a time when people are losing their jobs left and right.

    You’re right, Alexa. They are dumb, dumb, dumb.

  4. I agree that criminalizing prostitution has nothing to do with stopping human trafficking. Forcing sex workers into jail cages does nothing to stop human trafficking. In fact, the enforcement of anti-prostitution laws mirrors human trafficking a lot. Considering that I don’t want traffickers holding people captive against their will in the sex industry or any other industry, why should I want law enforcement to do this to sex workers?

  5. it’s like extraordinary rendition being a reliable means to information.

  6. Girls that just got busted on Cape Cod (MA) because of Craigslist have been trekking to Rhode Island to work because it’s safe there (from getting busted). Now they won’t be safe there either, it appears. People are always screaming “sex slaves” when the majority of us are not slaves but extremely oppressed working women. Will they never wake up and smell that coffee????

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