Associate Scientist for the Center for Drug and Alcohol Studies at the University of Delaware
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
"...[F]rom a public policy perspective, it is imperative that basic legal protections for sex workers be implemented. As women without resources of any sort, sex workers, such as those studied here, have no recourse for redressing victimization as long as law enforcement authorities are reluctant to address the problem of date violence. In addition to being unable to press charges against dates and others who physically or sexually assault them, sex workers are harmed by the failure of law enforcement agencies to even collect reliable reports of violence against them. As reported here, significant differences were found in victimization in different working locations, but there was no way that these findings could be buttressed with police reports. A recent study that documented differences in murder rates across strolls in Vancouver noted that lesser crimes against sex workers went unreported even in a city in which prostitution is legal. Such knowledge would be invaluable to social service agencies interested in helping this population avoid violence."
Experts Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, individuals with graduate degrees and significant post-graduate involvement in fields relevant to the study of prostitution, and government officials with significant involvement in, or related to, prostitution issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Associate Scientist, Center for Drug and Alcohol Studies, University of Delaware
Former Research Associate, Comprehensive Drug Research Center, University of Miami School of Medicine
Member, American Psychological Association (APA)
PhD, Psychology, City University of New York, 2005
Cowritten with J.A. Inciardi and S.P. Kurtz, "Prescription Opioid Abuse Among Drug-Involved Street-Based Sex Workers," Journal of Opioid Management, Sep.-Oct. 2006
Cowritten with J.A. Inciardi and S.P. Kurtz, "HIV, HBV, and HCV Infections Among Drug-Involved, Inner-City, Street Sex Workers in Miami, Florida," Aids and Behavior, Mar. 2006
Cowritten with S.P. Kurtz, J.C. Weaver, and J.A. Inciardi, "The Connections of Mental Health Problems, Violent Life Experiences, and the Social Milieu of the 'Stroll' with the HIV Risk Behaviors of Female Street Sex Workers," Journal of Psychology & Human Sexuality, July 2005
Cowritten with J.A. Inciardi, S.P. Kurtz, and J.C. Weaver, "The Effect of Serostatus on HIV Risk Behaviour Change Among Women Sex Workers in Miami, Florida," AIDS Care, June 2005
Cowritten with S.P. Kurtz, M.C. Kiley, and J.A. Inciardi, "Barriers to Health and Social Services For Street-Based Sex Workers,"
Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved