Prostitution in Vermont
At the beginning of the 2020 legislative session, the Vermont state legislature introduced two progressive bills to augment the rights and health of sex workers and survivors of trafficking. The first is H569, which would remove criminal penalties for consensual adult prostitution while explicitly affirming the need to retain human trafficking laws to fight exploitation. The second bill, H568, introduced in tandem with the former bill, is intended to provide limited criminal immunity to sex workers who report a crime committed against them (or which they witnessed) during the course of engaging in prostitution or human trafficking. Further, this bill would also create a study commission to review and provide recommendations to update Vermont’s prostitution laws. DSW wholeheartedly supports the passage of both bills.