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