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Bibliography of Sources on Prostitution Decriminalization in Rhode Island
  • Donna M. Hughes, Dr.
  • Melanie Shapiro, Esq
A bibliography of sources on the research we did on prostitution and sex trafficking and the advocacy work we did to end decriminalized prostitution. For 29 years prostitution was decriminalized in Rhode Island (if it occurred indoors). Sexual exploitation and violence against women and girls were integrated into economic development. The number of sex businesses grew rapidly and organized crime groups operated brothels and extorted money from adult entertainment businesses. Rhode Island became a destination for pimps, sex traffickers, and other violent criminals. The lack of laws impeded police from investigating serious crimes, including sex trafficking
  • decriminalized prostitution,
  • bibliography,
  • Rhode Island,
  • violence,
  • exploitation,
  • organized crime,
  • impunity
Publication Date
February 4, 2017
Citation Information
Hughes, Donna M. & Shapiro, Melanie. (2017, February 4). Decriminalized prostitution: Research and Advocacy. Rhode Island: Citizens Against Trafficking.
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