on Rhode Island’s decrim

I wrote something today.

“The main difference now is that they have no protection. One case from early 2009 illustrates why I think criminalization was such a bad idea. A young attorney from North Providence was moonlighting as an escort, and one evening she was attacked at knifepoint by an unstable client. Knowing that she had the protection of the law, this woman – whose name I don’t use to respect her own wishes – called the police and the man was swiftly apprehended. Had this incident happened a few months later, she might have never made that call and her appalling attacker might never have been caught.”

-Matthew Lawrence on the anniversary of prostitution being recriminalized in Rhode Island in 2009, and the negative impact it’s had on sex worker safety.


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