Last updated on: 2/4/2008 | Author:

Mary Sullivan, PhD Biography

Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"

“The real problem is that legitimising prostitution as work in Victoria [Australia] has allowed violence that is unacceptable in any other workplace to become normalised for women in prostitution as just sex and just part of the job. No occupational health and safety strategy can deal with this reality. Criminalisation does indeed harm women in prostitution. But legitimising prostitution as work has simply worked to normalise the violence and sexual abuse that they experience on a daily bases.

[Janice] Raymond’s solution that any society genuinely committed to women’s rights to equality and safety must eliminate the demand for prostitution is the only one that makes sense. Of course to do this governments must be prepared to challenge the presumption that men have a right to purchase and use women sexually for their own needs – the male sex right.”

PostGlobal, Mar. 5, 2007

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Author
  • Member, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) Australia
  • PhD, Political Science, University of Melbourne
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  1. Would Legal Prostitution Better Protect Prostitutes from Violence?