We Already Have a Law Against Human Trafficking

It’s called S 0692–An Act Relating to Criminal Offenses–Trafficking of Persons and Involuntary Servitude. Signed into law in 2007. Why is it not enforced?

The bill that will be debated before the Senate will criminalize prostitution. I think it will make life worse for prostitutes by driving them further away from the law and from help if they are being coerced in some way. On the other hand, communities have a fair claim that prostitution in residential areas affects their safety and property values. That’s why laws were passed against streetwalking.

What I don’t buy is representing a law against prostitution as a law against human trafficking. But if it does pass, I hope the Rhode Island Coalition Against Human Trafficking will be prepared to engage with the police to watch how it is used. If recent history and the profile in all the other states is any indication, women will be arrested and johns will walk.

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2 thoughts on “We Already Have a Law Against Human Trafficking

  1. WHEN AND IF THEY ENFORCE THE LAWS AGAINST PROSTITUTION HERE IN RHODE ISLAND THEY SHOULD ARREST THE JOHNS AND PUBLISH THEIR NAMES IN THE PAPERS LIKE THEY DID WHEN THE STATE STARTING TO DUE SOMETHING IN THE 1980′S ABOUT DRUNK DRIVERS.

  2. When Providence PD ran decoy stings using female cops,they published the names of all johns arrested for soliciting.
    Other than collecting some fine money,it did nothing to slow down street prostitution.This was in the mid 90′s when I was assigned there.

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