When I started “Happy Endings?” the National Association of Jewish Women RI Chapter decided to start the “RI COALITION AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING” or RICAHT. I went to a bunch of their meetings. It is obvious that I am against Human Trafficking. I testified in favor of the bill against Human trafficking this year. This Coalition had a wide variety of people, men and women from various backgrounds. Some were social workers, some from religious organizations, all were citizens of RI concerned about trafficking. They were very adept in politics, and with-in one year they passed the first human trafficking bill in 2007.
It is unfortunate that this group had been hijacked by Donna Hughes and Melanie Shapiro. People began to drop out. Nancy Green, a nurse, Providence resident and concerned citizen was one of the first to go. She wrote about her experiences in her blog calling the transition from their good work to a Big Anti-Trafficking Tent.
“I never wanted to be a part of a moral crusade using law as a weapon. All I cared about was legal protection for people who are trafficked, and punishment for the traffickers.
To fight immorality, I would use other weapons– reason, persuasion and example. Laws against immorality have never been very effective, and have often been cover for worse crimes. Remember the Scarlet Letter?
Morality, like patriotism, provides a convenient cover for other agendas.”
This year RICAHT decided to work for a new trafficking law. They also maintained that they would not take any position on the two prostitution bills. This angered Donna Hughes, and she spoke out against RICAHT bill, (yes the bill against Trafficking). She then left RICAHT and began Citizens Against Trafficking with Melanie Shapiro. From the CAT website: “