by Guy Page
Last year, H568, a bill to study legalization of prostitution passed the Vermont House but was not taken up by the Vermont Senate. It is expected that its supporters will introduce similar legislation in the 2021 session.
The following is an excerpt from a New Englanders Against Sexual Exploitation video entitled “The Oldest Oppression.” It is the first-person account of a woman who was trafficked in sexual exploitation in Vermont.
“When I was being trafficked in Vermont, I was a minor. I was 15 years old, and every time when I was in my home in Maine, and I knew that we were going to be brought to Vermont, I became frightened because it was the one place where I knew it would be brought that I never knew if I was gonna end up coming home or not.
“The people who purchased me – none of them cared about me, none of them cared about who I was, or how old I was, or if I wanted to be there. They had an agenda which sometimes can be brutally violent.
“I know that other survivors that I have mentored and worked with have been brought to Vermont in many areas – homes, hotels, motels, massage parlors, strip clubs, bachelor parties – I can honestly say that a hundred percent of the women that I’ve worked with, close to a thousand people, I have not personally met even one person who has said that they wanted to be there and this was empowering for them or exciting or something they loved doing – not one.
“When you are talking about prostitution you are talking about a system of brutal exploitation. The women that I encounter, they are so beaten, so traumatized, the vast majority have been abused, manipulated, forced into it……. “
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