PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The Foxy Lady strip club has faced scrutiny from officials following prostitution-related arrests, but one advocacy group is looking for those charges to be dropped.
COYOTE (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics) Rhode Island criticized Providence city officials in a statement released Wednesday, calling for an end to “the ongoing harassment of sex workers.”
The group advocates for policies that promote the health and safety of individuals in the sex industry.
A statement released by COYOTE-RI states that, “moralistic raids on sex workers trying to provide for themselves will not ‘save’ them, but rather will contribute to long-term harm and their continued marginalization. Arrests like these don’t stop crime, but instead only create more victims. We urge City officials to drop the charges against these women and end the ongoing harassment of sex workers.”
Local groups joining in on the statement include RICARES, TGI Network and the ACLU of Rhode Island. The statement has also been signed online by hundreds of individuals.
The Providence Licensing Board will meet Wednesday to discuss the possibility of revoking the Foxy Lady’s adult entertainment license.