Norma Ramos, JD, Executive Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) at the time of the quote, in an Apr. 19, 2012 opinion piece for the New York Times titled "Legal Prostitution Can Never Be Safe," wrote:

“At its core, prostitution is violence against women. Safe prostitution is an oxymoron. Prostitution creates a class of human beings who are not supposed to feel when they are most supposed to feel, who are not allowed to say no to unwanted sex. It is the world’s oldest oppression.

The way to address oppression is to end it – not legalize, regulate or make it more tolerable. The most effective way to address this commercial sexual exploitation is to penalize the buyers and offer those caught up in the sex trafficking industry a way out.”

Apr. 19, 2012