Jan 4, 2016 4:56 PM

State rep from Manchester proposes bill to decriminalize prostitution in NH


CONCORD - N.H. State Representative Elizabeth Edwards, D-Hillsborough, is sponsoring a bill that would remove the criminal penalty for prostitution among adults if it is consensual.

READ: Ayotte's state director David Wihby arrested for soliciting prostitute

The 2016 bill does not provide for regulation or licensing of prostitution, however.

Prostitution has come up several times in the past year after a Manchester sting netted 10 arrests - including the arrests of some political figures - and after the mother of Eve Tarmey was accused of prostituting out of the room where the Rochester eventually died in.

READ: Rochester neighbors say mother of teen found dead in motel listed on website as escort

The argument for some is that if it's consensual, people should be able to make their own decisions - while others say it opens to door for more sex crimes, human rights violations and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

What do you think? How should New Hampshire be handling prostitution. Let us know in the comments below.

Stay tuned for more coverage of this topic Tuesday night on WBIN-TV at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.


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