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Sen. Morgan’s Bill Calls for Human Trafficking Assistance Signs to be Posted

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

 

Elaine Morgan

Senator Elaine Morgan has introduced a bill that would require contact information for the National Human Trafficking Resource Center be posted at truck stops and other “targeted establishments.” 

“We have seen far too many cases of human trafficking in Rhode Island and the New England corridor. I am continuing in my efforts to provide resources for victims of human trafficking,” said Senator Morgan. 

Morgan said that the bill would require that signage stating “if you or someone you know is being forced to engage in any activity and cannot leave- whether it is commercial sex, housework, farm work, or any other activity – call the National Human Trafficking Resources Center Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 to access help and services.”  

The signs would be posted in transportation stations, rest areas and welcome centers. The targeted establishments could also include massage parlors, spas, strip clubs and other sexually-oriented businesses. 

“I’m hopeful that providing this kind of resource will provide much-needed help to those who are being victimized,” Morgan said. 

 The legislation now is scheduled to be heard before the Senate Judiciary Committee at the rise of the Senate on Tuesday, March 7 in Room 313.

 

Related Slideshow: Rhode Island Communities with the Most Sex Offenders

The State of Rhode Island Parole Board and Sex Offender Community Notification Unit provides a searchable online database of Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders, which are "moderate risk" offender and "high risk" offenders, searchable by city and town, zip code, or offender level.  Not all towns in the state have registered sex offenders in the database.  

In addition, categories include "whereabouts unknown", "moved out of state", "incarcerated out of state", "deported", and "deceased."

Below are the sex offenders registered on the site as of November 2013, ranked accoring to offenders per capita in each community -- which can change daily.  The population numbers are taken from Rhode Island DLT 2011 estimates.  

Search the site for names, and addresses, here.

 

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#33

Smithfield

Registered Offenders: 1

Town Population: 21,423

.23 per 5000 residents

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#32

Middletown

Registered Offenders: 1

Population: 16,111

.31 per 5000 residents

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#31

North Smithfield

Registered Offenders: 1

Population: 11,968

.42 per 5000 residents

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#30

Bristol

Registered Offenders: 2

Population: 22,922

.44 per 5000 residents

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#29

Scituate 

Registered Offenders: 1

Population: 10,330

.48 per 5000 residents

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#28

Johnston

Registered Offenders: 3

Population: 28,771

.52 per 5000 residents

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#27

Narragansett

Registered Offenders: 2

Population: 15,814

.63 per 5000 residents

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#26

Tiverton

Registered Offenders: 2

Population: 15,743

.64 per 5000 residents

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#25

Lincoln

Registered Offenders: 3

Population: 21,108

.71 per 5000 residents

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#24

Cumberland

Registered Offenders: 5

Population: 33,507

.75 per 5000 residents

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#23

North Kingstown

Registered Offenders: 4

Population: 26,396

.76 per 5000 residents

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#22

Exeter

Registered Offenders: 1

Population: 6,405

.78 per 5000 residents

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#21

Portsmouth

Registered Offenders: 3

Population: 17,348

.86 per 5000 residents

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#20

Jamestown

Registered Offenders: 1

Population: 5,391

.92 per 5000 residents

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#19

Burrillville

Registered Offenders: 3

Population: 15,956

.94 per 5000 residents

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#18

Newport

Registered Offenders: 5

Population: 24,619

1.01 per 5000 residents

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#17

Glocester

Registered Offenders: 3

Population: 9,747

1.03 per 5000 residents

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#15 (tie)

North Providence

Registered Offenders: 7

Population: 32,079

1.09 per 5000 residents

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#15 (tie)

Warwick

Registered Offenders: 18

Population: 82,361

1.09 per 5000 residents

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#14

Charlestown

Registered Offenders: 2

Population: 7,800

1.28 per 5000 residents

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#13

South Kingstown

Registered Offenders: 8

Population: 30,553

1.31 per 5000 residents

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#12

Warren

Registered Offenders: 3

Population: 10,594

1.41 per 5000 residents

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#11

Coventry

Registered Offenders: 10

Population: 34,884

1.43 per 5000 residents

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#10

Westerly

Registered Offenders: 8

Population: 22,708

1.76 per 5000 residents

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#9

East Providence

Registered Offenders: 20

Population: 47,039

2.12 per 5000 residents

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#8

West Warwick

Registered Offenders: 14

Population: 29,080

2.41 per 5000 residents

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#7

Hopkinton

Registered Offenders: 4

Population: 8,159

2.45 per 5000 residents

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#6

Pawtucket

Registered Offenders: 39

Population: 71,153

2.74 per 5000 residents

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#5

West Greenwich

Registered Offenders: 4

Population: 6,112

3.27 per 5000 residents

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#4

Central Falls

Registered Offenders: 15

Population: 19,379

3.87 per 5000 residents

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#3

Providence

Registered Offenders: 166

Population: 178,053

4.66 per 5000 residents

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#2

Woonsocket

Registered Offenders: 41

Population: 41,188

4.97 per 5000 residents

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#1

Cranston

Registered Offenders: 153

Population: 80,392

9.42 per 5000 residents

 
 

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