Lawmakers Working To Close Prostitution Loophole

Rhode Island would close a loophole allowing prostitutes to ply their trade indoors under new legislation approved by state lawmakers.

The bill approved Thursday would make prostitution a misdemeanor offense regardless of where it occurs. Prostitutes would face a maximum six-month prison sentence for a first offense, while their customers could face up to a year.

Gov. Don Carcieri supports closing the nearly 30-year-old loophole allowing indoor prostitution and was expected to sign the legislation.

Rhode Island is the only state, besides parts of Nevada, that now allows indoor prostitution. Trying to crack down on outdoor solicitations, the General Assembly passed a 1980 law that was silent on paid sex indoors.

As a result, more than two dozen suspected brothels operate across the state.


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  • by Johnny Location: Plymouth on Nov 1, 2009 at 03:31 PM
    WHY ! They allow the homosexuals to express their sickness freely. Think about it, who wants their children to see at any given time just walking down a street or in a grocery store (2) men or (2) woman kissing each other. That is sick and you all know it it is.
  • by Against Prostitution on Nov 1, 2009 at 12:41 PM
    Obama cant stand the fact that these women dont pay taxes on that money they make.Thats why the bill was signed. Now these women will be out of work or play and they to will rely on the tax payer to take care of them.A bill needs to be signed that makes immigrants pay thier fare share of taxes.
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