Founder and President of the Institute on Religion and Public Policy
Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
"...[L]egalized prostitution leaves the most vulnerable in society to be preyed upon. This is particularly true of women and children. Many proponents of legalization have a good heart and seek to improve the lives of these sex workers. Unfortunately, legalizing prostitution does not meet this goal. Developing productive, marketable skills leads to a full, productive life. There is a lot of work to be done on this front but legalizing prostitution does not provide a sustainable lifestyle. Moreover, legalized prostitution only legitimizes an extremely inhumane and brutal industry....
...It is important to understand that many sex workers are victims of economic circumstance and even human trafficking. To treat sex workers only as criminals is just as bad as treating them as commodities. Alternatives must be provided by way of vocational training and economic development, while more awareness of human trafficking among law enforcement enables them to identify victims.
...Legalization and hardline criminalization are both simple Band-Aids to larger issues. Rather than exhausting resources on jail-time and court dates or developing programs that institutionalize the profession, society must address the issues that drive the majority of sex workers into the industry as well as the demand that supports it."