The first raids have started in the Providence spas since the law changed in November. These are not the first arrests with the new prostitution law. The first arrests involved stings led by the RI State Police where14 clients and customers (most famously was Pat Patriot, the New England Patriot’s Mascot) were set up using craigslist and the Providence Pheonix. These arrests that occured on Thursday night happened in two Providence spas. Three women were arrested and one manager. From the Providence Journal
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Providence police charged four women on prostitution charges Friday after conducting undercover operations at two spas.
It’s the first raid of an alleged brothel since a change in Rhode Island law last November made indoor prostitution illegal. No clients were arrested.
For years, police had stopped trying to prosecute “massage parlors” and “spas” which police said were brothels because of a loophole in the law that prevented them from prosecuting prostitution when it occurred indoors. Now, that loophole has been closed.
Last December, state police arrested women at hotels in Providence, Warwick and Johnston. In interviews in mid-December, Rhode Island strip-club owners said business was down in the wake of the new law.
At a District Court arraignment, Judge Robert K. Pirraglia released the suspects in the spa arrests pending a court appearance on March 10.
In the projo report, (and I am not reposting the entire thing because names are used) they say that one woman was arrested for allowing prostitution. This is a new part of the law “permitting prostitution”, and it will be interesting to see if these charges stick. When the first rounds of arrests were made there were no managers of the hotels arrested for “permitting prostitution”. Also, when this law was enacted there was a ton of lip service done to “helping the victims”, yet once again there were no translators available to the women arrested. How are you helping these “victims” if you are not even talking to them? It is sad to think that all those people who fought for this law were duped, this law isn’t helping anyone.