The Montpelier City Council is considering rolling back an ordinance banning prostitution.
Repealing the ordinance is a recommendation from the city’s police review committee. Committee members say police should instead focus on human trafficking, coercion and when force is at issue.
“The large majority of towns in Vermont do not have ordinances criminalizing prostitution. In many ways we are not making Montpelier an outlier, we are bringing them in line with the rest of the state,” said Justin Drechsler, a member of the Police Review Committee.
The proposal would also express support on behalf of the council for a statewide proposal to decriminalize sex work.