Last updated on: 1/18/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Élaine Audet Biography

Title:
Associate Editor of Sisyphe.org
Position:
Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“There is in Québec a consensus in favour of the decriminalization of women in prostitution who are undeniably the victims of the violence inherent to this so-called ‘profession’, if only in the context of the ‘paid rape’ of their intimacy. But nothing could justify a decriminalization of the pimps and the johns, without whom this marketing of women’s body – and that of a growing number of children – would not exist.

In the short run, your government should provide the women in prostitution with the sanitary, social, legal and police services as well as the emergency and long term shelters that they need. Your government should equally ensure that the authors of violence against them are prosecuted, and that the mission of the police consist in protecting them and not in harassing and prosecuting them. The struggle should be against prostitution, not against the prostituted women.”

Sisyphe.org, Mar. 11, 2005

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Associate Editor, Sisyphe.org, 2002-present
  • Poet and essayist
  • Columnist, L’aut’Journal, 1990-2004
  • Member, Union des écrivaines et écrivains québécois (UNEQ)
Education:
  • Collège des Ursulines de Québec
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. How Many Prostitutes Are in the United States and the Rest of the World?