Vermont State Representative Selene Colburn has repsonded to the plight of sex workers whose lives (and incomes) have suffered drastically by federal and state government attempts to help them through legislation like SESTA/FOSTA and local human
trafficking ordinances. She has introduced a bill that would decriminalize sex-for-pay between consenting adults, while at the same time making penalties worse for child sex traffickers.
Colburn's bill, H.B. 569, would completely repeal the state's
current prostitution law and replace it with a new law retaining only those sections involving minors or trafficking.
The bill, which has four co-sponsors and is currently being considered by the House Judiciary Committee, would, if passed, make
Vermont only the second state in the Union to have legalized adult sex work--but its proponents still have their work cut out for them. Assuming the bill survives the judiciary committee, it still has to be passed by both the full House and Senate, and
while Democrats and Progressives.
Earlier in the year, Rebekah Charleston, an ex-prostitute turned morality campaigner, filed a lawsuit against the State of Nevada, its Governor and Legislature, in which she attempted to have the laws which allow Nevada's legal brothels declared
Thankfully the case has now been dismissed by the Nevada District's Chief Judge Miranda M. Du for lack of standing.
Because the plaintiffs failed to meet the standing requirement, the legal issues involved in the case were not
discussed in Judge Du's decision, but the judge did make clear why the plaintiffs, aside from their being residents of Texas, wouldn't have met the standing requirements even if they had lived in Nevada. The concept of standing is something along the
lines that one has to be an injured party to complain about an injury.
The owner of the Mustang Ranch brothel near Reno had a few choice words to say about the lawsuit's dismissal:
We are extremely pleased that
the United States District Court deemed this lawsuit baseless and without merit and, as such, dismissed it, said Mustang Ranch owner Lance Gilman. However, we are equally frustrated at the persistent and reckless attempts by Mr. Guinasso [the plaintiff's
lawyer] to ban Nevada's historic brothel industry through incendiary allegations that are steeped in moral judgment rather than facts and education. This was a complete waste and misuse of taxpayer dollars and, from the very get-go, appears to have been
done for political gain rather than the establishment of sound policy.
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