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.