legal prostitution

Citizens Against Trafficking Mangles Facts, Again

State legislators will be gathering again next week, and more likely than not they’ll be voting on proposed legislation to change the state’s prostitution law.  One of the primary people trying to force this legislation through has been URI professor Donna M Hughes, who earlier this year started an organization called Citizens Against Trafficking.  Those […]

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Cicilline Introduces Ordinance To Ban Prostitution In Providence

Mayor Cicilline today submitted an ordinance to the City Council calling for a ban on indoor prostitution in the city.  “While the Rhode Island General Assembly continues to work to enact laws on the state level, we have the responsibility in the City of Providence to put an end to indoor prostitution that has sprouted

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Let’s Not Forget The Victim

[youtube]iYCENhtJ2Pg[/youtube] When looking at the issue of sex work in Rhode Island–something we obviously all do here a lot–it’s important to remember that we’re talking about victimized people.  You know, like Joe Paolino. No, really, it’s true.  The real estate developer and former mayor says so himself in today’s ProJo. There’s a quote and everything.

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URI Women’s Studies Professor Horrified By Tattooed Women

The Rhode Island senate’s going to be voting tonight on an anti-prostitution bill.  I don’t need to repeat all the reasons why the bill is a terrible, terrible idea, but I thought I would mention an editorial written in the ProJo yesterday by URI professor Donna Hughes.  Hughes, the Bush-loving enemy of sex-positive feminists everywhere,

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ProJo Aims For Moral High Ground, Gets All Stone-Throwy

On April 26th, a sex worker from North Providence was held at knifepoint and robbed while escorting at the apartment of a Providence man.  The woman went to the police–something she’s legally allowed to do, for now anyway–and it turns out the guy’s got a rap sheet a mile long with a history of pointing

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Happy International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers!

Okay, so it’s a horrible name, and I’m sure you’re as sick to death as I am of every day being the International Day to Start/End/Remember/Celebrate/Unite Against _____________, but I think this one’s kind of important, especially since we live in a state where certain kinds of potentially dangerous sex work are legal. There’s vigils

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Happy Endings: A Documentary On RI’s Legal Prostitution

The first trailer for documentary filmmakers T. L. Hurley and Nick Marcoux’s Happy Endings? about the infamous and legal spa/massage/prostitution industry in Rhode Island, has been watched over 100,000 times on YouTube in the past two months, and a second trailer has just been released. The doc follows several “characters” involved with the trade; spa

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