Vermont Lawmaker Introduces Bill To Decriminalize Prostitution

Holly Matkin

Rep. Selene Colburn said that passing the bills will increase sex workers' safety.

Montpelier, VT – Vermont legislators are considering a bill that would decriminalize prostitution throughout the state.

The bill, which was introduced by Representative Selene Colburn in January, seeks to create a panel that would provide recommendations to modernize the state’s prostitution laws, according to the Associated Press.

It would also decriminalize prostitution altogether, although sex trafficking laws would remain in place.

Proponents declared that passing the bill would increase sex workers’ safety by bringing the industry into the open.

“Is there a reason that we need to criminalize adult consensual sex between people on any terms?” Colburn asked.

“By driving sex work underground, we’re creating much more dangerous conditions for sex workers,” she told the VTDigger. “They should feel like they have the protection of police if they need it.”

A second proposed bill would give immunity to sex workers who report crimes that they witnessed or were victims of while they were engaged in sex trafficking or prostitution, the Associated Press reported.

“Right now, sex workers really feel that they cannot access police protection,” Colburn said. “There are tons of statistics about the violence, the high levels of violence, and sex assault that people who engage in sex work experience.”

The Vermont State Police (VSP) has arrested just 16 people for solicitation or prostitution in the past four years, and 10 more were arrested by other agencies between 2017 and 2019, VTDigger reported.

Colburn argued that investigators often charge sex workers with prohibited acts or drug charges instead of prostitution – a practice she hopes to end by passing the proposed bills.

“There is a lot of good research and compelling advocates on this issue,” Colburn told the VT Digger. “Hopefully my colleagues will hear them and take it seriously.”

A prostitution decriminalization bill has also been introduced in New York, garnering heavy praise from Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has pushed for it to be passed, the Associated Press reported.

New York City resident TS Candii, a transgender woman who used to work as a sex worker, said that the proposed legislation is a good start.

“It’s a stepping stone to reclaiming back our identity, our voice,” Candii told the Associated Press. “This is a stepping stone to be able to walk outside and not have to worry about so much…profiling from the police.”

Advocates claim that prostitution laws are mostly used to harass sex workers.

The National Organization of women has expressed support for some aspects of decriminalizing prostitution, while the World Health Organization backs the proposed law change wholeheartedly.

But opponents of the proposed law changes argue that decriminalization of prostitution would “open the floodgates for sex establishments” to set up shop, the Associated Press reported.

"They’re framing it under decriminalization of ‘sex work’ but all it means is legalization of pimping, brothel owning and sex buying," said Reverend Que English, founder of the Not on My Watch! group.

Comments (51)
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flybynight
flybynight

So they figured out a way to tax it?

Sherok
Sherok

May as well make drug dealing legal as well. Why do Democrats go out of their way to coddle criminal behavior?

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Maybe she needs to get lucky

Davidtwmay24
Davidtwmay24

Well if a transgender thinks its a good idea he/she would be the right person... it to ask!
I'm sure pedophiles are up next to ask for it to be legal to molest and rape young children and I cant see why the Democrats would object.
Straight to hell is their goal and to bring society along for the ride.

Dfc3166
Dfc3166

WHAT?

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

By legalizing it, the next step is brothels - maybe in your neighborhood - and if the threat of criminalization is eliminated, there is the potential for an increase in prostitution, which will require more people at HHS to monitor, track and provide medical services for an increase in infectious diseases. Then the first time a "client" is refused services by the prostitute is going to lead to one heck on an interesting discrimination law suit. And, you can anticipate that church groups will be recording all clients utilizing this now legal service and those clients will end up on social media - ruining marriages and careers. This could turn into an entire industry which will require more government and control. Maybe something the Democrats are finally good at.

LEO0301
LEO0301

I picture Burgers moving to Vermont in the near future.

javaguy
javaguy

Is the mustang ranch still in business

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Wonder if she would feel the same if HER DAUGHTER, Niece, Granddaughter, etc,,,in a rebellious mood,,,became a Street walker? yeah, bet she never thought of that one,,,huh.

Sargejh
Sargejh

Hos just wanna be hos.

bryantrent
bryantrent

BS

DarrellWhitledge
DarrellWhitledge

Damn look at her it's because her husband uses them and she wants to make sure it's safe LMAO

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

well, it is the world's oldest profession.... and lets be honest, prostitution occurs in every states, in most cities, among both genders. They night not be street walkers; they might be professionals, in brothels, or high class escorts.... not the most glamorous profession, but it pays the bills. And legalizing it would also help reduce the sketchiness of the entire industry

NoBackupNearby
NoBackupNearby

Ho Ho Ho...

Caddis
Caddis

Liberal thinking is suicide. You legalize drugs and you have druggies all over the streets. You legalize prostitution and you'll have sex trafficking go through the roof. These people are so dumb or maybe they want to destroy the country so they can blame it on someone else and then claim they're the only ones with the solution to the problem they created.

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

just think one state the cops want to be able to fuck the prostitutes before they bust them! and of coarse that's OK because it's what the cops want!

DSmith2018
DSmith2018

Humans Hate restraint. They rather die! Drugs and sex

kkat
kkat

Wow! This Lib is taking the country backwards not forwards. A different time back in the 60's when in Nashville, TN, they had People making sure that Prostitutes had their shots updated. Next thing you know, they will be making crimes legal just like California. Soon, Vermont will become like all other Socialist utopias and another one "bites the dust". Funny how corruption, anarchy and immorality go hand in hand? Ironic, don't you think?

magnumforc
magnumforc

Maybe this will cover all the "indiscretions" by the politicians....could Sanders have something to hide??

Mrs10
Mrs10

This won't be popular, but I kind of agree. Not that we should legalize it necessarily, but that we shouldn't criminalize it in the first place.

And sex for money, if regulated at least, is between 2 adults. There is no victim. This is different from decriminalizing drug sales/use/manufacturing. When drugs are involved you have collateral damage in innocent by-standers.

If we were to decriminalize prostitution, like the State of Nevada, it could be regulated for the health and safety of the sex workers and their clients. Cops have a hard enough job trying to find cooperative witnesses without having to worry about making immunity deals to sex workers. Just take the criminal aspect OUT of it completely.

Daughter
Daughter

ABSOUTELY NOT!!!!!!!!

DarrellB
DarrellB

4 people arrested in the state each year for the last four years.
Wow! What a MASSIVE and important issue to the remaining 626,000 residents.
An above comment is correct. Do something dumb like this and watch traffic EXPLODE!!!!

Xcop
Xcop

Pimps would be put out of business. Brothels might exist but won’t be necessary. Tourism might increase. Towns like Island Pond, Avril, St Albans and New Port would see a boom in seasonal rentals. College students could finance tuition.

Trefflek
Trefflek

Her time in the Vermont house must be coming to an end and now she is trying toi secure some employment.

NickyJ
NickyJ

. She is probably offended that some pimp probably told her one way

Sheepdog01
Sheepdog01

In the late 70's and early 80's while stationed in Germany prostitution was legal. They contained in legal brothels and taxed it. They also required that all the workers be licensed and under go blood test weekly. The brothels made sure that the places were clean and the blood testing completed. The fine was huge not only for the worker but for the owner of the brothel. You didn't see any drug use because it is one of the things that would show on the blood test and cause a license to be revoked. Sure there were a few that tried to work the streets unlicensed buy who would go to them and take the chances?

Justiceforallalways
Justiceforallalways

I commanded a vice unit for several years in a large California Bay Area Community. Back when we still had things like craigslist, redbook and back page to set up sting operations much easier than they are today. We did a study of just the operations we knew about and determined prostitution in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties was an proximately $500 million per year business, if you add the rest of the Bay area it is probably a $1 bilion a year business, state wide probably $3 billion and nation wide probably closer to $30 billion.

After interview a few of the women who had been trafficked in from other countries. I too became of the opinion that the worlds oldest profession should be legalized, regulated and taxed much like it is in Nevada. The penalties for forcing someone into prostitution should be extreme or being an unlicensed prostitute should be harsh.

This would provide greater safety for the women, the johns and janes, and yes would be a great way of increasing tax revenue. The tax revenue would support enforcement and additional funds to pay for health care research and possible true health care reform initiatives. And receive the tax burden on the rest of us taxpayers.
And yes I am a practicing Christian and a very Conservative Trump supporter, but reality must be taken into account and God serves sits in final judgement of each one of us.

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

That’s DEMO RATS the true Democrat politicians are long gone

crumsey01
crumsey01

Her only way to get layed without going to jail for propositioning!!!!

Brasov04cluj
Brasov04cluj

Now she can make extra money on weekends.....IF she puts a BAG over her HEAD.🤣🤣🤣

Raymelson
Raymelson

Could be her part time job to make extra money

Raymelson
Raymelson

Must be her part time job


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