I wish they didn’t have the hearings about the two issues together. Prostitution and Human Trafficking. They are two different issues. You can have a conversation on one (prostitution), but there is no way you can have a conversation on the other (human trafficking). No one could, would, or should, support human trafficking. When someone is forced to do work of any kind against their will it is wrong.
Prostitution on the other hand has many gray areas. There are women who are involved of their own free will. When you add the topic of human trafficking into the mix, it doesn’t allow people to have a conversation on prostitution.
It is unfortunate that at the State House, when they held hearings on the prostitution bill, they held the hearing on the human trafficking bill at the same time. When they do that it clouds an issue that is already difficult to discuss.
I believe that if you want to “close the loophole” in the Rhode Island prostitution law, you should just stick to that issue and not drag in issues of human trafficking and say you are “closing the loophole” to help women who are prostitutes. I believe that JoAnne Gianinni is true to her cause, she does not want prostitution in RI. I have no problem with someone who states her issue and goes after it with all of their passion. What I do have a problem with is when some people use “Human Trafficking” as an issue as propaganda, saying they will help they women. From what I have learned first hand from the women in the spas that I have met, they are here of their own free will. If the law is changed, what will happen in RI is what has happened in all other states where prostitution is illegal….only women will be arrested. I don’t think you help women by arresting them.
I THINK YOU ARE DOING A HUGE DISSERVICE TO BOTH HUMAN TRAFFICKING VICTIMS AND WOMEN WHO ARE WORKING AS PROSTITUTES OF THEIR OWN FREE WILL TO COMBINE THE TWO TOGETHER!!!!!!!!!