This really isn’t my fight. Or is it? Sometimes I sit back and think why am I involved in the fight to stop the General Assembly in Rhode Island from passing a law against prostitution?
I am not a sex worker. I am not a customer. I do not make a living off of the sex industry. I am just a chubby tattooed lesbian who made a film on the Asian massage parlors. Surely I should be fighting for something else, something that matters more directly in my life?!? (Maybe Gay Marriage, RI is the only New England State that doesn’t allow for Gay Marriage.) How ironic it is that I am one of the leading voices to stop the prostitution law, a law that is really targeting consenting heterosexual adult sex.
So why am I getting involved?
Sure, I would have liked to have moved on to my next film by now. But I feel an obligation to speak for the women I met when I made the film. There are three things in life that aggravate me more than anything else. Lying, picking on defenseless people, and lying.
I think it is horrible that the women in the spas have been targeted. With indoor prostitution being legal, the police have gone above and beyond the call of duty to go after these women. Even though there are many other places in RI that can be called “brothels”, the only ones that have faced raids have been the Asian spas.
These raids on the spas have all been in efforts to “help the women”. That brings up number 1 and 3 on my list, LYING!
Even in the most recent raid, the police claimed Human Trafficking. In a raid on a spa in Warwick, where 3 women were working (two of whom were sisters) the police came in and took the women’s cell phones, laptops, and money. If these women were victims of trafficking, don’t you think you would not take their money and all forms of communication so they could call for help?
So yes, this isn’t my fight. I wish the women would speak for themselves, but until they do I am going to speak. I am going to shine a light on what I think is not right. It might not be my fight, and people might think I am strange for being involved, but when I see such wrongs committed based on lies, I can not bite my tongue.