From Sex Worker’s Project website…
Call your legislators today! (Numbers below)
The Rhode Island legislature is currently considering a bill, HB5044A, which would recriminalize indoor prostitution. The main justification being offered for passage of the bill is that it is absolutely necessary to prevent and address trafficking into prostitution. Sex Worker Project’s experience has been that arrests for prostitution related offenses are more likely to hurt rather than help victims of trafficking, and rarely lead to identification and assistance of victims.
A VOTE IS LIKELY TO HAPPEN THIS WEEK, SO CALL NOW. (see
NEWS on this)
Human Trafficking is a serious issue that needs to be addressed. BUT: Criminalizing Sex Work to Combat Trafficking is harmful to ALL sex workers AND victims of trafficking!
What you can do: Please call or e-mail the members of the RI Senate Judiciary Committee today to let them know that this is not the way to help victims of trafficking!
They are under tremendous pressure to pass this legislation, and need to hear from people across the country!
Senator Leo R. Blais
sen-blais@rilin. state.ri. us
Senator Maryellen Goodwin
sen-goodwin@ rilin.state. ri.us
Senator Paul V. Jabour
sen-jabour@rilin. state.ri. us
Senator Charles J. Levesque
sen-levesque@ rilin.state. ri.us
Senator Erin P. Lynch
sen-lynch@rilin. state.ri. us
Senator Christopher B. Maselli
sen-maselli@ rilin.state. ri.us
Senator John F. McBurney
sen-mcburney@ rilin.state. ri.us
Senator Michael J. McCaffrey
sen-mccaffrey@ rilin.state. ri.us
Senator Harold M. Metts
sen-metts@rilin. state.ri. us
Senator Rhoda E. Perry
sen-perry@rilin. state.ri. us