Last updated on: 4/3/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

Joe Vargas, MA Biography

Title:
Former Captain of the Anaheim Police Department
Position:
Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“In my police career, I met and even developed working relationships with ‘working girls.’ The work is nothing like Julia Roberts in ‘Pretty Woman.’ It is deplorable and in many ways degrades and robs the participants of fragile parts of their humanity…

[M]any prostitutes have been forced or coerced into sex trafficking by abusers. Legalization won’t stop that. More than likely, male abusers still will profit from trafficking their victims — this time, in legalized locations facilitated and regulated by the government itself.

Legalization would put lipstick on modern-day slavery and call it another step in the liberation of women.

I would say the idea that prostitution should be legalized is wrong. For those few who suggest otherwise, I would argue sex for money is illegal not just because it’s immoral, but because it’s just plain bad for women at every level.”

“Vargas: Legalizing Prostitution Would Do Nothing to Curb Abuse, Degradation of Women,” behindthebadgeoc.com, Feb. 26, 2017

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Board President, Free Rain, Feb. 2016-present
  • Columnist, Behind the Badge OC, July 2014-present
  • President, Board of Directors, Anaheim Cops 4 Kids, Jan. 2014-present
  • Trainer and Consultant, NSOJ Consulting, Jan. 2011-present
  • Trainer and Consultant, PMW & Associates, 2001-present
  • Instructor, California Peace Officers Standards and Training, 2001-present
  • Co-founder and Board Member, Anaheim Cops 4 Kids, 1992-2014
  • Captain and Police Officer, Anaheim Police Department, 1980-2010
Education:
  • MA, Criminal Justice, Chapman University, 2005
  • BS, Organizational Management, University of La Verne
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should Prostitution Be Legal?
  2. Is Prostitution Immoral or Demeaning?