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Jimmy Carter Biography

39th President of the United States
Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"

“Some assert that this ‘profession’ can be empowering and that legalizing and regulating all aspects of prostitution will mitigate the harm that accompanies it. But I cannot accept a policy prescription that codifies such a pernicious form of violence against women. Normalizing the act of buying sex also debases men by assuming that they are entitled to access women’s bodies for sexual gratification. If paying for sex is normalized, then every young boy will learn that women and girls are commodities to be bought and sold…

[I]f full legalization is adopted, it will not be the ’empowered sex worker’ who will be the norm — it will be the millions of women and girls needed to fill the supply of bodies that an unlimited market of consumers will demand. Where do we think these young girls in the sex trade will come from? (Most victims are girls, though some boys are exploited, too.) It is simply naive to oppose sex trafficking of children and women and at the same time support decriminalizing the buyers who create the demand and the pimps who profit from the supply of girls and women.

I believe it is better to help women and girls avoid a life of prostitution and to deter men from buying sex acts.”

“To Curb Prostitution, Punish Those Who Buy Sex Rather Than Those Who Sell It,”, May 31, 2016

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Elder Emeritus, The Elders, 2007-present
  • Founder and Trustee, Carter Center, 1982-present
  • University Distinguished Professor, Emory University, 1982-present
  • Deacon, Maranatha Baptist Church
  • Board Member, Habitat for Humanity
  • Recipient, Nobel Peace Prize, 2002
  • 39th President of the United States, Jan. 20, 1977-1981
  • 76th Governor of Georgia, Jan. 12, 1971-1976
  • Former Chairman: Southern Regional Education Board, Appalachian Regional Commission, Coastal Plains Regional Action Planning Commission, and Southern Growth Policies Board
  • Democratic National Campaign Chairman, 1974
  • Georgia State Senator, 1962-1970
  • Former Operator, Carter’s Warehouse (general-purpose seed and farm supply company) in Plains, GA
  • BS, Physics, United States Naval Academy, 1946
  • Attended Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Attended Georgia Southwestern College
  • Served in the United States Navy, 1946-1953
  • Legal name is James Earl Carter, Jr.
  • Born Oct. 1, 1924 in Plains, GA
Quoted in:
  1. Should Prostitution Be Legal?