Last updated on: 2/4/2008 | Author:

Alan Young, LLB, LLM Biography

Associate Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University
Pro to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"

“Sex trade workers have had an enormous fall from grace from the sacred temple harlots of ancient times to the marginalized outcasts exposed to all manner of violence, abuse and ridicule of today….

Every time a prostitute is arrested, two more take her place. There’s a bottomless market for their services. I’m sure some cops, lawyers and judges sometimes enter this market, but they can never admit it because it would undercut their authority to arrest, prosecute and punish those who gave them release the day before.

Whether one pays to participate in an orgy or to hire the services of a prostitute, I see no reason to bring in the heavy guns of the criminal law. When it comes to sex, I see only one legal rule of any real importance: for sex to be lawful there only needs to be consent, and it should not matter whether consent is secured by direct payment or weeks of expensive courtship with fine dining and false promises.”

NOW Magazine, Jan. 5, 2006

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Associate Professor, Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
  • Co-Founder and Director, Innocence Project, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
  • Columnist, NOW Magazine
  • Attorney
  • July’s “Freedom Fighter of the Month,” High Times Magazine, 2003
  • Member, Bar of Ontario
  • LLM, Harvard University, 1986
  • LLB, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, 1981
  • BA, York University
  • None found
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  1. Should Prostitution Be Legal?