This morning, 30 women from spas all over Rhode Island met to discuss the upcoming prostitution legislation. These are the women who will be effected by the change in the law, and their voices must be heard.
Rhode Island Coalition Against Human Trafficking was at the meeting, offering services to the women. All women were given a card with a number to call if they need help, and some of the women spoke to RICAHT one on one about their personal situations.
Three legislators were also present to ask questions of the women and answer questions about the legislation. While there will be hearings on Tuesday and Wednesday on this legislation, the new bill has not been made available to the public.
Many of the women voiced concern over how the law will be implemented and what punishments they will face.
(The Providence Journal and WRNI were present and I am sure they will have a report on what they saw. WRNI recorded audio of the meeting)
The legislators explained to the women that this legislation is a response to the public outcry in the Providence Journal to change the law. They see this legislation as a response that will put the needs of the community above the safety and needs of the women.
This public outcry has been led by Donna Hughes, and we all know her version of reality is not based in truth. (A great post on Hughes and Citizens Against Trafficking most recent propaganda riddled with inaccuracies is shown here).
While there are many reasons not the pass this bill (economic impact, civil rights, and plain old common sense) there is only one reason to pass this bill….Politics.
There is a saying that the squeaky wheel gets the oil, and Hughes has been squeaking for the past 4 months. This squeak will get her oil this week, and the women of the spas are the pawns in this whole game of politics. With a bill that will have a huge economic and human impact, it is time that we put people over politics.