Vermont sex workers say decriminalizing would increase safety. But some say it would benefit traffickers
Vermont’s sex workers and some lawmakers want to decriminalize prostitution in the state. This hour, we’ll shine a light on an industry that currently exists in the shadows.
We’ll talk with a state lawmaker and sex workers who say changing the state’s laws would increase safety and equality. We’ll also hear from an anti-trafficking advocate who says full decriminalization goes too far and would benefit the people who exploit sex workers.
Our guests are:
- State Rep. Taylor Small, from Winooski
- Yasmin Vafa, executive director of Rights4Girls and an anti-trafficking advocate who opposes proposed legislation to fully decriminalize prostitution in Vermont
- Henri Bynx, a sex worker and cofounder of the Ishtar Collective, a Vermont-based group that advocates for consensual adult sex workers and survivors of human trafficking
- Savannah Sly, a sex worker who founded and co-directs New Moon Fund, which works to secure rights and opportunity for people in the sex trade
Broadcast live on Thursday, March 30, 2023, at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.
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