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Anastasia Volkonsky, JD Biography

Former Executive Director, Colorado Lawyers for the Arts (CoLA)
Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"

“Behind the facade of a regulated industry, brothel prostitutes in Nevada are captive in conditions analogous to slavery. Women often are procured for the brothels from other areas by pimps who dump them at the house in order to collect the referral fee. Women report working in shifts commonly as long as 12 hours, even when ill, menstruating or pregnant, with no right to refuse a customer who has requested them or to refuse the sexual act for which he has paid. The dozen or so prostitutes I interviewed said they are expected to pay the brothel room and board and a percentage of their earnings — sometimes up to 50 percent. They also must pay for mandatory extras such as medical exams, assigned clothing and fines incurred for breaking house rules. And, contrary to the common claim that the brothel will protect women from the dangerous, crazy clients on the streets, rapes and assaults by customers are covered up by the management.”

Insight on the News, Feb. 27, 1995

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Former Executive Director, Colorado Lawyers for the Arts (CoLA)
  • Former Columnist, Insight on the News
  • Founder and Former Project Director, Prevention, Referral, Outreach, Mentoring, and Intervention to end Sexual Exploitation (PROMISE), San Francisco, CA
  • Member, Denver Bar Association
  • JD, University of California, Berkeley
  • Attended University of Minnesota
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should Prostitution Be Legal in Licensed Places like Brothels?
  2. Should Prostitution Be Legal?
  3. Would Legal Prostitution Better Protect Prostitutes from Violence?