Bill would decriminalize prostitution in Maine


Androscoggin, Oxford and Franklin counties district attorney wants state lawmakers to decriminalize prostitution.

It is time to recognize that “the people who are caught in the nightmarish circumstances of human trafficking and sexual exploitation are victims” rather than criminals, Andrew Robinson told lawmakers.

The bill that went to committee last week would focus on targeting human traffickers and those who pay for sex instead of those who engage in prostitution, the report said. Sun Journal.

“The people who create the victims are the people who pay for the sex and they are the ones who should be brought under the criminal justice system,” Robinson told the Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety.

The bill’s main sponsor, Democratic State Representative Lois Galgay Reckitt of South Portland, said the bill would keep prostitution “on the books” while creating defenses for the seller and more penalties. for the buyer with the crime redefined as “commercial sexual exploitation”.

“Prostitution is therefore redefined as a buyer problem and a demand problem,” she said. “The prostitute is a victim.”

The bill would also establish a pilot program in Androscoggin County.

Not everyone thinks this is a good idea. Dee Clarke, executive director of Survivor Speak USA, said it could encourage out-of-state pimps to bring prostitutes to Maine, where they would not be prosecuted.

The bill was not voted on. A working session on the proposal will take place in the coming weeks.


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