Last updated on: 1/31/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Margo MacDonald Biography

Title:
Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP)
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“The Swedish situation is that they banned sex for sale, which we don’t think is feasible. It drives it underground, and when it’s driven underground, criminality, the trafficking of women, and drugs are under much less scrutiny by the police, because they just don’t have the intelligence about what’s going on if the women are hidden.

…Whether people like it or not, it is sex between two consenting adults.”

AlterNet, Jan. 6, 2006

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Member, Parliament of Scotland, 1997-present
  • Journalist, 1983-present
  • 14th Most Powerful Woman in Scotland, The Scotsman, 2004
  • MSP Campaigner of the Year, The Herald, 2003
  • MSP Campaigner of the Year, The Herald, 2002
  • MSP Maverick of the Year, The Herald, 2000
  • Broadcaster, Radio Forth, 1981-1983
  • Director of a shelter, 1978-1981
  • Deputy Leader, Scottish Nation Party, 1974-1979
  • Member, Parliament of the United Kingdom, 1973-1974
  • Teacher of Physical Education, 1963-1965
Education:
  • Hamilton Academy
Other:
  • Ms. MacDonald died on Apr. 4, 2014 at age 70
Quoted in:
  1. Should Prostitution Be Legal?
  2. Should Prostitution Tolerance Zones like Red-Light Districts Be Created?