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Janice Raymond, PhD Biography

Former Co-Executive Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW)
Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"

“Legalizing prostitution means legalization of sexual slavery for women and children. You have the chance to reject the old and failed policies of legalized prostitution that make inequality of women and men legal. You have the chance instead to promote equality by giving women in prostitution the chance for a real future – by assisting them to get out of prostitution. Legalization keeps women IN prostitution.”

Speech in Budapest, Hungary, May 28, 2004

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Member, Board of Directors, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW)
  • Former Co-Executive Director, CATW (retired in 2007)
  • Professor Emerita, Women’s Studies and Medical Ethics, University of Massachusetts at Amherst (retired in 2002), 1978-present
  • Adjunct Professor, International School of Health, Boston University
  • Former Visiting Professor, University of Linkoping in Sweden
  • Former Visiting Research Scholar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Former Lecturer, State Institute for Islamic Studies, Center for Women Studies, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • PhD, Boston College
  • MA, Andover Newton Theological School
  • Has received grants from U.S. Department of State, the U.S. National Institute of Justice, the Ford Foundation, the U.S. Information Agency, the National Science Foundation, the Norwegian Organization for Research and Development (NORAD), and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Government Collect Taxes from Prostitution?
  2. Should Prostitution Tolerance Zones like Red-Light Districts Be Created?
  3. Would Legal Prostitution Decrease Sexually Transmitted Diseases?