Today is Easter.  I was raised Catholic and told that Easter was about forgiveness. Although I would not consider myself a practicing Catholic, I do believe that forgiveness is important part of life, and not just a part of this season.

One part of the prostitution law that passed in November was this allowance of forgiveness.   Women who were charged with prostitution would be able to get their first offense expunged.  This was a very important part of the law, to me this was the most important part of the law.  It would allow for the women to not face life with a burden of a criminal record.  It would allow them to not face employment or housing discrimination.  This would allow them a second chance, where they would not be destined to be in the lifestyle if they wanted to get out. (This only applied for first time offenders)

Well it seems that a few women decided they wanted to get out.  They wanted to change their lives, to be able to apply for jobs without marking down they had a criminal record.  We all know that the job search in Rhode Island is abysmal, 3rd highest unemployment in the country, can you imagine if you had the Scarlet letter of a prostitution charge on your file?

One women commented on this blog:

I work for a social service agency that assists ex-offenders. Last month, several of the women we assist applied for expungement of previous prostitution related offenses. ALL met the current criteria (had only one offense), and ALL WERE DENIED in the 6th District by one VERY prejudice and lousy jurist.

It is sad that this law that was changed with the mantra of “Helping the women” has not helped one iota.

5 responses to “Forgiveness

  1. michellefrommadison

    It’s great to see someone who supports the business that Natalee Holloway was engaged in. But, imo, you should post some disclaimers that they might end up dead. 🙂

  2. It’s a shame that they tried to work within the system and were denied.
    Fight crime–support a living wage.

  3. Edward Achorn wrote about Felicia Delgado getting her record expunged. He wrote about forgiveness, which made me wonder who should be forgiving who.
    But anyway, best wishes to Felicia. I admire her outreach work and her common sense.

  4. This is not surprising. Those representatives who voted for this bill never had the welfare of sex workers in mind. They only wanted to perpetuate their own narrow moral views and if they could imprison free-living hos and johns in the process – even better.

    Power to the people! Do not let “the man” tell you when and how to have sex. If a ho wants to have sex and make $$ at the same time, that is her decision. A woman should be allowed to use her assets to her own advantage.

    At the same time, men have needs, and it is much better to pay a ho for some action than to rape and pillage. Prostitution is a win-win.

  5. Its important these ladies get a second choice. They need traing for the work place aswell as some confidence boosting. Well done to everybody who helps these ladies. You deserve the best!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s