Last updated on: 2/4/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Chris Smith Biography

Title:
US Representative (R-NJ)
Position:
Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“There is an inherent contradiction in Germany’s policies. On the one hand, the German government says it wants to reduce exploitation of women through anti-trafficking programs, but at the same time its legalization of prostitution fuels the demand for sexual services which inevitably results in the exploitation of women, mostly from Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union.”

Press Release, May 15, 2004

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Republican Representative, United States House of Representatives, 1980-present
  • America’s Chairman’s Leadership Award, Alzheimer’s Association, 2006
  • Proudly Pro Life Award, National Right to Life Committee Educational Trust Fund, 1996
  • Executive Director, New Jersey Right to Life Committee, Inc., 1976-1978
  • Manager, Sporting Goods Wholesale Business, 1975-1976
  • Congressional Hero Award, Autism Society of America
  • Legislator of the Year, Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • Pony Express Federal Leadership Award, New Jersey Association of Mental Health Agencies
  • Sean MacBride Human Rights Award, Ancient Order of Hibernians
  • Legislator of the Year, National Mental Health Association
  • Legislator of the Year, Jewish War Veterans
  • Humanitarian of the Year, Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton
Education:
  • BA, Business, Trenton State College (Now The College of New Jersey), 1975
  • Attended Worcester College, England, 1974
Other:
  • Sponsor of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Law