But it seems like I have to. Don’t you think it is ironic that the Governor of Rhode Island holds a press conference to ask to change the prostitution law the day before he has to release the new unemployment numbers? Doesn’t it seem like he is trying to point the press away from his failings as a Governor, and ask them to publish a story against these women?
The unemployment rate has gone over 12%. Why should we take these women out of the safe working conditions. If we close all of these businesses, now there will be no money coming in for rent, advertising, electric, and the list goes on, not to mention these businesses pay taxes.
The budget also was released around the same time as this push to change the prostitution law in Rhode Island. The budget proposes cuts in education, nursing schools, and even medical help for the the elderly. Now as a tax payer in RI, why would I want my tax money taken away from these causes to put women in prison? Women who are single mothers. Women who are supporting families. Women who will not be able to get jobs when they have a criminal record, so if they did want to get out of sex work they would not have that choice.
I do not want my tax dollars to pay for police officers to go into these spas to collect “evidence”, pay for multiple visits and over time for police to go in and arrest these women!!! I want my tax dollars to go to education, to help the elderly get their meds. The fiscal impact on our budget and the women’s prison is not worth it to me. I would rather my money go to help people and not for putting women in prison!!
ACLU, NOW, and many Human Trafficking experts agree. Lets hope it stalls and never makes it to the floor. And at the same time, lets hope and pray that the two bills that are against human trafficking get to the floor for a full vote. I have no problem with going after human traffickers, I hope we can free the women who need to be freed, but giving them criminal records is not the way to do that.