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Testimony in Support of "An Act Relating to Criminal Offenses--Prostitution" at Governors Press Conference, Rhode Island
  • Donna M. Hughes, Dr.
Prostitution is harmful to individuals involved, their families and the community. It is not a victimless activity or just a private sex act. Up to 90% of women in prostitution are beaten and raped by pimps and the men who buy sex. Approximately 90% are addicted to drugs and alcohol. They suffer depression and hopelessness; suicide attempts are common. For visual, physical evidence of the harm caused by prostitution, please look at this collection of serial photographs of prostitutes as they are being destroyed over time by prostitution and drug use. 

Because of decriminalized prostitution indoors, the sex industry is expanding rapidly in Rhode Island. Ten new Asian spa-brothels have opened since the beginning of this year. There are 30 documented places in Providence where prostitution is taking place. We know there are many more brothels and clubs throughout the state. Many of them are underground. 
  • decriminalized prostitution,
  • Rhode Island,
  • Law,
  • Press conference
Publication Date
June 18, 2009
Citation Information
Hughes, Donna M. (2009, June 18). Statement in support of H-5044A, "An Act Relating to Criminal Offenses--Prostitution." Rhode Island: Citizens Against Trafficking
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