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Rhode Island is the only state in the United States where prostitution is decriminalized indoors.
Since decriminalization inthe sex industry has expanded and Rhode Island has become a destination for commercial sex in New England. Rhode Island is one of only three states that have not had a human trafficking prosecution. Rhode Island has had no prosecutions of sex trafficking since the state anti-trafficking law was passed in The goal of this project was to research the history of decriminalization, gather information on Asian massage parlor brothels, and determine if sex trafficking is occurring in these establishments.
Asian massage parlors were the focus of the research since they advertise publicly, making them easier to research than other brothels in Rhode Island.
Interviews about massage parlor brothels and sex trafficking were conducted with public officials, law enforcement personnel, social justice groups, faith-based organizations, and victim service providers. To research the history of decriminalization, the trial transcripts, affidavits, motions, and briefs of the federal case were analyzed.
Lawyers, officials, and other people knowledgeable about the decriminalization case were interviewed. of the research identified thirty-three Asian massage parlor brothels. Indicators of sex trafficking were found, such as barred windows and sealed exit doors, and the use of surveillance video cameras. Research into the history of prostitution and massage parlor raids found evidence of sex trafficking. Ina federal multi-state sex trafficking case included a Providence massage parlor.
Decriminalization of prostitution indoors resulted from a confluence of factors. In the late s, citizens demanded police action against street prostitution in their neighborhoods.
The existing prostitution laws made criminal procedures slow, and since prostitutes remained on the streets awaiting jury trials, it was ineffective to reduce prostitution. Decriminalized prostitution has factored in the expansion of the commercial sex industry and the absence of any federal or state sex trafficking cases. Decriminalization of prostitution also makes it difficult to use existing statutes for organizing and controlling prostitution. Decriminalization of prostitution also interferes with the ability to identify and assist victims of sex trafficking. Arts and Humanities Commons.
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