Councilman David Salvatore (Ward 14) today issued the following statement in response to the investigation of Smilers Day Spa on North Main Street:
“I am proud of our law enforcement officials for shutting down an illegal prostitution business last night. The Providence City Council is committed to defending the quality of life across all Providence neighborhoods, and I commend our police department for executing this important work. Businesses must play by the rules here in Providence. I will continue to push back against bad actors, especially those who exploit women and operate illegal businesses as a front for the sex trade. These business owners will be prosecuted under the full extent of the law.”
Salvatore is credited for introducing bodyworks legislation that has led to the closure of numerous brothels throughout the city of Providence and prompted neighboring municipalities to adopt similar legislation. Salvatore also successfully lobbied the General Assembly to introduce and pass enabling state legislation.