Last updated on: 8/27/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Marjan Wijers, LLM Biography

Title:
President, Expert Group on Trafficking in Human Beings, European Commission
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Criminalizing the sex industry creates ideal conditions for rampant exploitation and abuse of sex workers…[I]t is believed that trafficking in women, coercion and exploitation can only be stopped if the existence of prostitution is recognized and the legal and social rights of prostitutes are guaranteed.”

Global Sex Workers, 1998

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the study of prostitution. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to prostitution issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President, Expert Group on Trafficking in Human Beings, European Commission
  • Senior Staff Member, Clara Wichmann Institute, Expert Centre Women and Law
  • Project Manager, Foundation Against Trafficking in Women (STV), 1987-1999
Education:
  • LLM, International Law and Human Rights
  • MA, Social Sciences
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Does Legal Prostitution Lead to Human Trafficking and Slavery?