Leah Platt Boustan, PhD, Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), wrote in the article "Regulating the Global Brothel," published in the July 2, 2001 issue of The American Prospect:

“In order to use labor laws to protect women in the sex industry, the legal status of prostitution and its offshoots–brothel keeping, pimping, soliciting, paying for sex–would need to be re-examined. After all, the Department of Justice does not ensure minimum wages for drug runners or concern itself with working conditions in the Mob.

But whether or not we approve of sex work or would want our daughters to be thus employed, the moral argument for condemnation starts to fall apart when we consider the conditions of abuse suffered by real women working in the industry. Criminalization has been as unsuccessful in dismantling the sex industry as it has been in eliminating the drug trade and preventing back-alley abortions.

Sex work is here to stay, and by recognizing it as paid labor governments can guarantee fair treatment as well as safe and healthy work environments–including overtime and vacation pay, control over condom use, and the right to collective bargaining.”

July 2, 2001