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John Scott, PhD Biography

Co-Editor of Journal of Sociology
Pro to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"

“Decriminalization has been effective in reducing risks to sex workers in jurisdictions where it has been adopted. There should be controls associated with sex work. For example, prostitution involving minors or controls to promote minimum standards of hygiene or personal safety in the workplace. Decriminalization changes the way in which prostitution is problematized. It transforms prostitution into sex work, problematizing prostitution as an occupational, health or welfare issue, as opposed to a criminal problem.

Criminalizing prostitution results in sex workers being stigmatized. They are forced to work in dangerous locations and because of their need to hide their activity, are less likely to seek legal resources for protection against exploitation, violence and discrimination…”

E-mail to, Dec. 18, 2006

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Lecturer, School of Social Science, University of New England
  • Co-Editor, Journal of Sociology, 2005-present
  • Justice of the Peace, New South Wales, 2004-present
  • University of New England, Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, Sole recipient in Individual Category, 2006
  • Inaugural First Prize, Best Up- and-Coming Researcher, Journal of Culture, Health and Sexuality, Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London, 2002
  • Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, University of New England
  • PhD, Sociology and Anthropology, University of Newcastle, Australia
  • Bachelor of Social Science, honors, University of Newcastle, Australia
  • BA, University of Newcastle, Australia
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