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Bill to close prostitution loophole[Legal in RI, must be done indoors]
Journal State House Bureau ^ | 13 Mar 2008 | Cynthia Needham

Posted on 03/17/2008 4:01:56 AM PDT by BGHater

PROVIDENCE — With the nation’s eyes trained on former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s alleged involvement with a prostitute, Rhode Island lawmakers are considering a bill that would close the loophole in this state’s 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 year’s version came before the House Judiciary Committee again last night, where its sponsor, Joanne M. Giannini, D-Providence, argued that extending the state’s misdemeanor prostitution statute to cover indoor activity would make it easier for the police to crack down on suspected brothels.

“A lot of people don’t 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.”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: Rhode Island
KEYWORDS: indoors; loophole; prostitution; rhodeisland

1 posted on 03/17/2008 4:01:59 AM PDT by BGHater
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To: BGHater

I thought this was about Clinton.


2 posted on 03/17/2008 4:03:17 AM PDT by SolidWood (All conservative effort into retaking Congress!)
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To: BGHater

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)


3 posted on 03/17/2008 4:07:59 AM PDT by NavVet ( If you don't defend Conservatism in the Primaries, you won't have it to defend in November)
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To: NavVet

A little nookie in Little Rhody, huh?


4 posted on 03/17/2008 4:23:29 AM PDT by billorites (Freepo ergo sum)
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To: billorites

On a related note, Eliot Spitzer has just announced he will be running for governor of RI.


5 posted on 03/17/2008 4:49:33 AM PDT by NavVet ( If you don't defend Conservatism in the Primaries, you won't have it to defend in November)
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To: NavVet

Thats why they call it “INTER”Course


6 posted on 03/17/2008 6:53:27 AM PDT by 70th Division (If we loose the Republic we have lost it all.)
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