Spas Shut Down After RI Closes Indoor Prostitution Loophole


Rhode Island's governor signed legislation Tuesday to outlaw indoor prostitution, closing a loophole from a law passed 29 years ago. Word traveled quickly through the state's community of sex workers, leaving many of the women who work at Asian “spas” on edge and their employers angry and without customers, reports the Providence Journal.

Neon signs outside some spas went dark; employees at others said they were open, but many of the women, fearing a police crackdown, had refused to come to work. Sex-workers in Rhode Island have been able to operate for years legally out of brothels, strip clubs or their homes because of the loophole, closed Tuesday when the governor signed a law that makes prostitution a crime, even if it occurs behind closed doors.

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