Lawmakers Try Again To Outlaw Indoor Prostitution

Lawmakers in Rhode Island are moving to end a legal loophole that makes paid sex legal, provided it happens indoors, in private.

In a case six years ago, charges were dismissed against six people arrested in a prostitution sting at a "spa" just blocks from Providence city hall. In most other jurisdictions it would have been an open-and-shut case.

Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri is urging the state Senate to back a measure that cleared the House last month to end the loophole and effectively shut down spas and massage parlors that sell sex.

Groups, including the National Organization for Women, want to
make sure any crackdown doesn't penalize women who may be the
victims of human trafficking.

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  • by Garth Location: Wayne's World on Jun 20, 2009 at 12:41 AM
    I think I know where I'm going for my next vacation. lol
  • by bigfruitbasket Location: NC on Jun 19, 2009 at 12:00 PM
    What about outdoor prostitution? Why are officials picking on the indoor variety? Make it all legal and TAX it!
  • by happy endings Location: providence on Jun 19, 2009 at 11:53 AM
    Check out Happy Endings? a documentary film on Asian massage parlors in Rhode Island where prostitution is legal behind closed doors. We follow women who work in the massage parlors for 3 years as members of the legislation tried to change the prostitution law.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 19, 2009 at 09:09 AM
    lawmakers in Rhode Island just want you to have sex in the street so they can watch first, then arrest!!!!!
  • by jojo on Jun 19, 2009 at 08:46 AM
    what's the difference in indoor and out door???
  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Jun 19, 2009 at 07:17 AM
    just go ahead and legalize it, then tax the youknow what out of it. Now that would be a real sin-tax. Buzz-
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Jun 18, 2009 at 10:13 PM
    Why is there always a special interest group that does not want anyone to get in trouble?? You have those fighting for the mexicans, now you have those fighting for the hookers, and we even have Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton! Who is fighting for those of us that have to put up with this junk in our neighborhoods??

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