Last updated on: 1/23/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

David A. Feingold, PhD Biography

Title:
Coordinator, Trafficking-HIV/AIDS Programs, United Nations
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“[S]ome efforts to prohibit prostitution have increased sex workers’ risk to the dangers of trafficking, though largely because lawmakers neglected to consult the people the laws were designed to protect. Sweden, for example, is much praised by antiprostitution activists for a 1998 law that aimed to protect sex workers by criminalizing their customers. But several independent studies, including one conducted by the Swedish police, showed that it exposed prostitutes to more dangerous clients and less safe-sex practices.

Others argue that giving sex workers a measure of legitimacy short of legalization would actually discourage trafficking. In Thailand, many opposed to the commercial sex industry support extending labor and social security laws to sex workers. Such a move could hamper trafficking by opening establishments to inspection, allowing labor organization, and exposing underage prostitution.”

Foreign Policy, Sep.-Oct. 2005

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the study of prostitution. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to prostitution issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Coordinator, Trafficking-HIV/AIDS Programs, Culture Unit, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
  • Director and Founder, Ophidian Film and Research Institute
Education:
  • PhD, School unknown
  • Studied Southeast Asian Studies and Anthropology, Yale University and Columbia University
  • BA, International Relations, Dartmouth University, 1962
Other:
  • Directed Trading Women, 2003
Quoted in:
  1. Does Legal Prostitution Lead to Human Trafficking and Slavery?
  2. Should Selling Sexual Acts Be Decriminalized but Buying Sex Acts Criminalized?