Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
"The real problem is that legitimising prostitution as work in Victoria [Australia] has allowed violence that is unacceptable in any other workplace to become normalised for women in prostitution as just sex and just part of the job. No occupational health and safety strategy can deal with this reality. Criminalisation does indeed harm women in prostitution. But legitimising prostitution as work has simply worked to normalise the violence and sexual abuse that they experience on a daily bases.
[Janice] Raymond’s solution that any society genuinely committed to women’s rights to equality and safety must eliminate the demand for prostitution is the only one that makes sense. Of course to do this governments must be prepared to challenge the presumption that men have a right to purchase and use women sexually for their own needs – the male sex right."
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:
Member, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) Australia
PhD, Political Science, University of Melbourne
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Making Sex Work: A Failed Experiment With Legalised Prostitution, 2007
What Happens When Prostitution Becomes Work: An Update on Legalised Prostitution in Australia, 2006
"Can prostitution be safe? Applying occupational health and safety codes to Australia's legalised brothel prostitution" in R. Whisnant & C. Stark's, Not For Sale: Feminists Resisting Prostitution and Pornography, 2004
Cowritten with Sheila Jeffreys, "Legalisation of Sex work: The Australian Experience," Violence Against Women, 2002