Today in the State Room of the Rhode Island State House, a press conference was held before Governor Donald Carcieri signed a bill that closed the nearly 30 year old loophole. Governor Carcieri, Joanne Giannini, Senator Paul Jabour, Attorney General Patrick Lynch, and RI State Police Col. Brendan Doherty all spoke about how this law will help new law will “end a blemish” on the image that Rhode Island had over the last 29+ years.
After sitting and watching this press conference, I thought to myself, all this fan fair and the governor is just signing one bill. The governor did not use this photo op to sign the human trafficking bill, and isn’t that what all the citizens of RI were worried about??
It is not difficult to realize that the real target, of the media, politicians, and police will be prostitution. When the target is prostitution, the target will be the prostitute or sex worker. The police say they will wait until they get complaints before raiding.
A few years while I was making “Happy Endings?” the police did raid the spas, and arrest the women for “massage with out a license”.
01:00 AM EST on Friday, November 4, 2005
BY ELIZABETH GUDRAIS
Journal Staff Writer
PROVIDENCE — The detective arrived, complaining of pain in his lower back and asking for a massage. He got one — but he also got an offer of sex for $200, the police said.
Detectives arrested two women yesterday at separate businesses for permitting massages to be given without a license.
The arrested women for giving “permitting massages to be given without a license”. Does anyone believe they received a complaint about “illegal massages” before the raids?? This was in 2005 when prostitution was legal. If they were arresting women when they didn’t have a law, how can anyone actually believe that having a law will help these women?
But the police say they will wait until they get complaints. I am sure some of these “complaints” will come from Donna Hughes. Although Hughes does not live near any spas, she has registered complaints sent “information” closing another business that didn’t even do massages or employ Asians. At this point I don’t know who Hughes hates more, men or women or just heterosexuals in general. (Living life with that much hatred can only be described as sad)
What is sad is what I saw in some spas this morning before the press conference. Most spas have only one women left working besides the Imo who does the cooking and cleaning. There has been a mass exodus, women are scared. They are petrified of raids. They are afraid a cop will be setting them up, and make an example out of them. I saw one woman crying as I left to go and watch the signing.
Before today, I have never seen any woman in any spa that I thought was a victim of anything. Today, they all looked liked victims.