Burlington OKs prostitution repeal, Progs keep Council control

By Guy Page

Question 5, calling for language making prostitution illegal to be removed from the city charter, passed 6629 – 2919 at the Burlington City Meeting yesterday, March 1. 

The proposed charter change will now go to the Vermont Legislature. A separate bill, H630, whose lead sponsor is Selene Colburn (P-Burlington), would “repeal the prostitution laws that currently prohibit ‘indiscriminate sexual intercourse’ and consensual engagement in sex work for hire by adults (18 years old) while retaining strict prohibitions and felony criminal penalties for human trafficking of persons who are compelled through force, fraud, or coercion to engage in sex work.”

City Council elections left the Progressive caucus with a one-seat advantage. Contested races included:

Ward 1 – Progressive Zoraya Hightower beat Rob Gutman 57-43%. 

Ward 3 – Progressive Joe Magee beat Republican Christopher Aaron-Felker 71-27%. 

Ward 5 – Ben Traverse (78%) easily outdistanced two challengers. 

Ward 6: too close to call between Independent Ali Dieng and Democrat Aleczander Stith.

Ward 8: Ali House beat Hannah King 53-46%. 

Complete results of Burlington city and school annual meeting can be seen here.

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  1. “My favorite part about Burlington is that it’s so close to Vermont”

    Can we as Vermonters just remove Burlington from the state?

  2. Burlington is a lost cause. Let the petulant progressive children run the city. Just keep it away from the rest of Vermont (and the US for that matter). Don’t patronize it.. It encourages bad behavior plus it’s not safe.

  3. Well damn, Cool. I guess I’ll just become a cross dresser and go up and hit the streets. I need extra money. And Gee Whiz there will be lots more drugs hitting the streets, and readily available weapons. It’ll be Perfect. Has anyone even begun to think this out, or do they want the total destruction of Burlington?

    • Burlington council progs think things out? Hasn’t that been proven as a big NO already? Just look at their track record – it is a disaster. And yet the votes keep coming. I wonder how many Vermonters don’t vote because they have just given up. These people need to get off their duffs and vote. By not voting you are letting the indoctrinated students run the show. And again, it is a disaster. In other words – if you don’t vote – you ARE voting – but not for what you want.

  4. Now that the voters have spoken, Colchester, Winooski and So. Burlington need to erect a fence so the silliness and developing effects of Burlington’s socialist/marxist government can’t escape.
    Those that still need to go to the People’s Republic can pay a toll to get out at the borders.
    If Vermont had a representative legislature, a statute blocking State and federal tax dollars to Burlington for financial support of any city ordinance or law that is contrary to the Federal and Vermont Constitutions would be a good start.

    • I wonder how long it will take before we get street walkers? When the Police have no jurisdiction street walkers will just be a waste of time even stopping them. I wonder how long it will take for the Cartels to focus on Vermont with the sex slavery coming from southern border ? NO, people cought within the sex slavery will not tell police, or anyone else due to harsh repercussions from the Cartels. I wonder how long before the clap becomes an epidemic in Chittenden county ? I wonder how long before the drug traffic in Burlington mushrooms into a serious problem ? With Prostitution, drugs, comes crime. I wonder how long before Burlington removes the legal right to own a gun, thinking they will stop gun violence; when actually all it will do is increase crime because criminals (who will still have guns) will have no fear from the citizens. I AM THANKFUL I DON’T LIVE IN BURLINGTON ANYMORE !

  5. Well, evidentially, the residents of Burlington want legalized prostitution and all that goes with it. When will it be appropriate to include that as an attraction for visitors to the city? Also would act as a warning to those who might be embarrassed on street corners, restaurants and other establishments. Certainly, other jurisdictions would want visitors to know, that did not include their family friendly areas.

  6. Consider this view from our neighbors in next door NH.
    Burlington Vermont Voters ‘Legalize’ Prostitution

    “A 1972 Playboy article famously advocated for far-left radicals to create a new socialist society in Vermont, based on the ideas of two ‘firebrand’ law students: “What we advocate is the migration of large numbers of people to a single state for the express purpose of effecting the peaceful political take-over of that state through the elective process.””

    So, in my opinion, welcome to B. F. Skinner’s version of ‘Walden II’, which of course, has morphed into William Golding’s infamous account of the ‘Lord of the Flies’, now a metaphor for Vermont’s dystopian island of progressive liberalism – i.e., a permanent adolescent state.

    “Ralph hides in the jungle and thinks miserably about the chaos that has overrun the island. He thinks about the deaths of Simon and Piggy and realizes that all vestiges of civilization have been stripped from the island. He stumbles across the sow’s head, the Lord of the Flies, now merely a gleaming white skull—as white as the conch shell, he notes. Angry and disgusted. Ralph knocks the skull to the ground and takes the stake it was impaled on to use as a weapon against Jack.”

    Hopefully, the grown-ups will arrive in time to save us from ourselves.

    “The officer matter-of-factly assumes the boys are up to, as he puts it, “fun and games.” When he learns what has happened on the island, the officer is reproachful: how could this group of boys, he asks—and English boys at that—have lost all reverence for the rules of civilization in so short a time?”

    How indeed. I’m afraid that no matter what we do now, no matter how hard we try, we can’t make a silk purse from this sow’s ear without more grown-ups. God help us.

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