Last updated on: 2/4/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Hilary L. Surratt, PhD Biography

Title:
Associate Scientist for the Center for Drug and Alcohol Studies at the University of Delaware
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“[F]rom a public policy perspective, it is imperative that basic legal protections for sex workers be implemented. As women without resources of any sort, sex workers, such as those studied here, have no recourse for redressing victimization as long as law enforcement authorities are reluctant to address the problem of date violence. In addition to being unable to press charges against dates and others who physically or sexually assault them, sex workers are harmed by the failure of law enforcement agencies to even collect reliable reports of violence against them. As reported here, significant differences were found in victimization in different working locations, but there was no way that these findings could be buttressed with police reports. A recent study that documented differences in murder rates across strolls in Vancouver noted that lesser crimes against sex workers went unreported even in a city in which prostitution is legal. Such knowledge would be invaluable to social service agencies interested in helping this population avoid violence.”

Violence Against Women, Apr. 2004

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:
  • Associate Scientist, Center for Drug and Alcohol Studies, University of Delaware
  • Former Research Associate, Comprehensive Drug Research Center, University of Miami School of Medicine
  • Member, American Psychological Association (APA)
Education:
  • PhD, Psychology, City University of New York, 2005
  • MA, University of Florida
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is Prostitution Psychologically Harmful to Prostitutes?
  2. What Are the Different Types of Prostitution?