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Vt. Senate committee looks at prostitution

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

Vermont legislators are considering changing the definition of prostitution.

Prosecutors found it difficult to file charges after highly publicized raids in Bennington and Burlington last summer.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Sears says Vermont last altered its laws on the subject in 1919 and thinks the definition of a "sex act" should be expanded. He says most of the sex workers are coerced into the profession, and says the goal of new legislation would be to target those running the business.

"I think we'll try to put something in this year as an amendment to another bill or its own bill and work through the rules process. I think it's important that we do everything we can to prevent human trafficking in Vermont," said Sen. Dick Sears, D-Bennington County.

There is not currently a bill drafted to change the definition of prostitution. But Sears says he plans on having his committee revisit the issue in a couple of weeks.

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