Last updated on: 2/4/2009 | Author:

Melissa Ditmore, PhD Biography

Coordinator of the Global Network of Sex Work Projects
Pro to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"

“Prostitution should be decriminalized. This would remove prostitution from the criminal code and thereby render prostitution akin to other businesses. It’d be taxed and subject ot business requirements. Decriminalization of prostitution has been a success in New Zealand and parts of Australia. They cite decriminalization as an advantage over legalization because removing prostitution from the criminal code avoids both the problems of graft and abuse associated with police jurisdiction over prostitution and the sometimes overbearing regulations that accompany legalization…. Decriminalization would better protect people in the sex industry from violence and abuse.”

PostGlobal, Feb. 28, 2007

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Coordinator, Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP)
  • Research and Advocacy Consultant, Sex Workers Project, Urban Justice Center
  • Former Research Fellow, Center for the Study of Women and Society, Graduate Center of the City University of New York
  • Inaugural Chair, Advisory Board, Sex Workers Project, Urban Justice Center
  • Founder, Trafficked Persons Rights Project
  • Outreach Volunteer, Foundation for Research on Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Inc. (FROST’D)
  • PhD, Sociology, City University of New York, 2002
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Would Legal Prostitution Better Protect Prostitutes from Violence?