Last updated on: 8/1/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Cecilia Hoffman Biography

Title:
Secretary, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women - Asia Pacific (CATW-AP)
Position:
Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Prostitution violates the right to physical and moral integrity by the alienation of women’s sexuality that is appropriated, debased and reduced to a commodity to be bought and sold.

It violates the prohibition of torture and of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment because clients’ acts and practices of sexual ‘entertainment’ and pornography are acts of power and violence over the female body.

It violates the right to liberty and security, and the prohibition of slavery, of forced labor and of trafficking in persons because millions of women and girls all over the world are held in sexual slavery to meet the demand of even more millions of male buyers of sex, and to generate profits for the capitalists of sex.

It violates the right to enjoy the highest standard of physical and mental health because violence, disease, unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions, and AIDS stalk, presenting constant and grave risks for women and girls in prostitution, and militating against a healthy sense of and relationship with their own bodies.”

CATW-AP Paper, Aug. 1997

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Secretary, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women – Asia Pacific (CATW-AP)
  • Chair, Buklod Women’s Centre
  • Head Commissioner, Gabriela Commission on Violence Against Women (GCVAW), 1989
  • Boardmember, Women’s Education, Development, Productivity and Research Organisation (WEDPRO)/Nagkakaisang Kababaihan
  • Boardmember, Bukluran ng Kababaihan sa Lansangan (BUKAL)
Education:
  • None found
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should Prostitution Be Legal?