Last updated on: 2/23/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

Donna Gavin Biography

Title:
Lieutenant at the Human Trafficking Unit at the Boston Police Department
Position:
Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Prostitution is not a fairy tale. ‘Pretty Woman’ normalizes something that destroys lives. It glamorizes prostitution and creates an illusion that prostitution is a voluntary, desirable occupation. The film suggests that prostituted people are knowledgeable and have other options they might have chosen. The reality is that prostitution and sex trafficking make up a harmful, pervasive, illegal, and violent criminal industry involving pimps and traffickers who are tied to gangs, drugs, and street violence…

Now is the time to act. We need men and women to speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves. We need to attack this harmful sex industry from all sides by targeting the pimps and the traffickers, providing services and exit strategies for those being prostituted, and educating and dissuading would be buyers. We need to dissuade buyers from fueling this industry and hold them accountable when they do.”

“‘Pretty Woman’ Normalizes Something That Destroys Lives,” bostonglobe.com, Mar. 23, 2015

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Lieutenant, Human Trafficking Unit, Boston Police Department
  • Co-Chair, CEASE Network, Boston
Education:
  • None found
Other:
  • Recipient, New England Women’s Leadership Awards, 2017
  • Recipient, Shattuck Award, 2016
Quoted in:
  1. Should Prostitution Be Legal?