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Cathy Young Biography

Contributing Editor at Reason magazine and
Pro to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"

“Prostitution is currently legal in virtually all developed nations, though often surrounded by restrictions and regulations. It is illegal everywhere in the United States except Nevada and, by a legal quirk, in Rhode Island if all transactions are conducted in a private residence.

Yet prostitution is perhaps the ultimate victimless crime: a consensual transaction in which both parties are supposedly committing a crime, and the person most likely to be charged—the one selling sex—is also the one most likely to be viewed as the victim…

It’s the criminalization of prostitution that does take actual victims…

As with other victimless crimes, the criminalization of prostitution creates a vast breeding ground for corruption, hypocrisy, and morally dubious law enforcement tactics.”

“Prostitutes and Politics,”, May 7, 2007

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Contributing Editor, Reason magazine and
  • Columnist, Newsday, Jan. 2012-present
  • Columnist,, 2009-present
  • Freelance journalist
  • Regular op-ed columnist, Boston Globe, 2000-2006
  • Weekly columnist, Detroit News, 1993-1999
  • Columns, book reviews, and feature articles published in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsday, American Spectator,, National Review, New Republic, and other publications
  • Television appearances include The Today Show (NBC), Crier & Company (CNN), Inside Business (CNN), This is America! (PBS), To the Contrary (PBS), Uncommon Knowledge (PBS), Washington Journal (C-Span), Judith Regan Tonight (Fox News Channel), and The O’Reilly Factor (Fox News Channel)
  • Radio appearances include Talk of the Nation and Radio Times (National Public Radio), and other programs
  • Public speaking engagements include Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, Sex Wars Conference (Institute of Contemporary Arts, London), Freedom School (Freedom Communications Media Conference), Children’s Rights Council, New School for Social Research, Pacific Research Institute, Cato Institute, Boston College Law School, Georgetown University Law School, Stanford Law School, Boalt Hall Law School (University of California-Berkeley), University of North Carolina Law School, Northwestern University Law School, and University of Michigan Law School
  • Former Research Associate, Cato Institute
  • BA, English, Rutgers University, 1988
  • Member, Phi Beta Kappa, Rutgers University
  • Emigrated to the United States in 1980
  • Born in Moscow, Russia in 1963
Quoted in:
  1. Is Prostitution a Victimless Crime?