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Donna M. Hughes, PhD Biography

Professor and Eleanor M. and Oscar M. Carlson Endowed Chair of the Women's Studies Program at the University of Rhode Island
Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"

“Legalization does not reduce prostitution or trafficking; in fact, both activities increase because men can legally buy sex acts and pimps and brothel keepers can legally sell and profit from them. Cities develop reputations as sex tourist destinations. In the Netherlands, since legalization, there has been an increase in the use of children in prostitution.”

Speech at Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain, July 1-3, 2004

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor, Eleanor M. and Oscar M. Carlson Endowed Chair, Women’s Studies Program, University of Rhode Island
  • Education and Research Coordinator, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW)
  • Lecturer, University of Bradford, UK, 1994-1996
  • She has testified before the U.S. House International Relations Committee, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the Moscow Duma, and the Czech Parliament.
  • Her research has been supported by the U.S. State Department, the National Institute of Justice, the National Science Foundation, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, the International Organization for Migration, the Council of Europe, the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education, University of Rhode Island Foundation, the University of Rhode Island Council for Research, and the University of Bradford, UK.
  • PhD, Genetics, Pennsylvania State University, 1990
  • MS, Animal Science
  • BS, Animal Science
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Government Collect Taxes from Prostitution?
  2. What Is the Difference between the Decriminalization and Legalization of Prostitution?