Skip to comments.Bill to close prostitution loophole[Legal in RI, must be done indoors]
Posted on 03/17/2008 4:01:56 AM PDT by BGHater
PROVIDENCE With the nations eyes trained on former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzers alleged involvement with a prostitute, Rhode Island lawmakers are considering a bill that would close the loophole in this states laws that makes prostitution legal if it occurs indoors.
The proposed legislation has become something of a perennial bill in recent years, but has never been passed by the General Assembly. This years version came before the House Judiciary Committee again last night, where its sponsor, Joanne M. Giannini, D-Providence, argued that extending the states misdemeanor prostitution statute to cover indoor activity would make it easier for the police to crack down on suspected brothels.
A lot of people dont realize that prostitution is legal in Rhode Island if you do it indoors, State Police Inspector Stephen Bannon testified. In an accompanying letter, State Police Supt. Col. Brendan P. Doherty noted that under current law, persons are free to solicit sex for money in newspapers and/or over the Internet as long as the conduct that is agreed upon takes place in private.
But opponents, including the Rhode Island Affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, say the bill would unfairly target the women who are forced into prostitution.
The Judiciary Committee took no action last night, though House Majority Leader Gordon D. Fox, D-Providence, said in a statement that the House plans this session to look very carefully at closing this loophole once and for all.
I thought this was about Clinton.
Perfect Timing, I am going to RI for work. When I get back home and my wife asks what I did on my trip I can say, “Don’t worry, nothing illegal.” (Just Kidding)
A little nookie in Little Rhody, huh?
On a related note, Eliot Spitzer has just announced he will be running for governor of RI.
Thats why they call it “INTER”Course