Last updated on: 1/31/2008 | Author:

Bebe Loff, PhD Biography

Head of the Human Rights and Bioethics Unit at Monash University
Pro to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"

“Prostitutes are entitled to enjoy universal human rights. Because their legal status is complex, and compounded by international human-rights law, prostitutes are rarely in a situation where health protection or promotional activity could be expected to succeed….

Legally sanctioned encouragement of prostitutes to use condoms or access screening services, both major determinants of the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases, is impossible because of their illegal status….

If it is possible to conceive that a person can enter prostitution voluntarily as the best of available options, then it is evident that there is a problem in international law. This problem contributes to the vulnerability of prostitutes to disease. It is therefore within the remit of health practitioners to advocate for a critical review of human-rights law.”

The Lancet, Nov. 18, 2000

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Head, Human Rights and Bioethics Unit, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University
  • Associate Professor, Monash University
  • Senior Research Fellow, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation
  • Former Australian correspondent, The Lancet
  • Member, Australian Health Ethics Committee
  • Member, Vaccine Working Party, Australian National Council on AIDS, Hepatitis C and Related Diseases
  • PhD, Monash University
  • LLB, Monash University
  • MA, Medical Law and Ethics, Kings College, London University
  • BA, Monash University
  • None found
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