Political Lobbying by Citizens Against Trafficking

Citizens Against Trafficking is giving political advice to Rhode Island residents on which politicians to vote for.  Of course, politicians who supported their poisonous and totally harmful legislation that ended decriminalization of prostitution in Rhode Island.   Below is an excerpt from the Citizens Against Trafficking website

Citizens Against Trafficking encourages constituents to vote for incumbents who supported the bills last year banning minors from working in the adult entertainment industry, against sex trafficking, forced labor and indoor prostitution and candidates who pledge continued support of these efforts.

The spin on this is mind numbing.  They start off by discussing the Rhode Island law now bans minors from working in the adult industry.  Statutory rape laws were always in place and prior to this legislation that CAT is so proud of, sex workers could go to the authorities if they felt a youth was being harmed in the industry.  Now they can not do that because they would have to self incriminate that they are sex workers.

CAT doesn’t mention their plank causes the arrest of adult sex workers and minors.  Now that it is illegal both are criminalized by this action.  CAT feels this legislation will stop trafficking in Rhode Island, but human trafficking happens in every state regardless of the fact that it is criminalized everywhere except a few counties in Nevada.

CAT feels their work stops forced labor.  How?  Is this preventing sweatshops from existing?  Is this going to make someone using forced labor stop?  It doesn’t in the other 49 states.

They do accurately state it bans indoor prostitution.  But then we need to ask the question of why.  Why are we banning indoor prostitution?  Shouldn’t the focus be on ending forced labor, human trafficking, etc rather than stings against consenting adults?  Ostensibly this protects minors and forced trafficking victims.  Yet both will be arrested under the provisions of this legislation.

If you live in Rhode Island these are the two candidates that are endorsed by the prohibitionists Representative Amy G Rice District 72 and Paul Marandola candidate for District 7.  These representatives voted for legislation that causes the suffering and harm of both prostitutes and trafficking victims.