Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
"Some assert that this 'profession' can be empowering and that legalizing and regulating all aspects of prostitution will mitigate the harm that accompanies it. But I cannot accept a policy prescription that codifies such a pernicious form of violence against women. Normalizing the act of buying sex also debases men by assuming that they are entitled to access women’s bodies for sexual gratification. If paying for sex is normalized, then every young boy will learn that women and girls are commodities to be bought and sold...
[I]f full legalization is adopted, it will not be the 'empowered sex worker' who will be the norm — it will be the millions of women and girls needed to fill the supply of bodies that an unlimited market of consumers will demand. Where do we think these young girls in the sex trade will come from? (Most victims are girls, though some boys are exploited, too.) It is simply naive to oppose sex trafficking of children and women and at the same time support decriminalizing the buyers who create the demand and the pimps who profit from the supply of girls and women.
I believe it is better to help women and girls avoid a life of prostitution and to deter men from buying sex acts."
"To Curb Prostitution, Punish Those Who Buy Sex Rather Than Those Who Sell It," washingtonpost.com, May 31, 2016
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:
Elder Emeritus, The Elders, 2007-present
Founder and Trustee, Carter Center, 1982-present
University Distinguished Professor, Emory University, 1982-present
Deacon, Maranatha Baptist Church
Board Member, Habitat for Humanity
Recipient, Nobel Peace Prize, 2002
39th President of the United States, Jan. 20, 1977-1981
76th Governor of Georgia, Jan. 12, 1971-1976
Former Chairman: Southern Regional Education Board, Appalachian Regional Commission, Coastal Plains Regional Action Planning Commission, and Southern Growth Policies Board
Democratic National Campaign Chairman, 1974
Georgia State Senator, 1962-1970
Former Operator, Carter's Warehouse (general-purpose seed and farm supply company) in Plains, GA