Lawmakers will consider closing a loophole in Rhode Island law that essentially allows prostitution as long as it takes place indoors. Efforts to change the law have failed in the past, but the issue could get renewed attention following the prostitution scandal that led to the resignation of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer.
State Police Inspector Stephen Bannon told the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday that many people are unaware that prostitution is legal in Rhode Island when it occurs indoors and in private.
Supporters of the bill to change the law say it would make it easier for police to crack down on brothels. House Majority Leader Gordon Fox said in a statement that he expects the General Assembly to look carefully at closing the loophole once and for all.