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.