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

Melissa Farley, PhD Biography

Title:
Founding Director of the Prostitution Research and Education
Position:
Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Legal sex businesses provide locations where sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, and violence against women are perpetrated with impunity. State-sponsored prostitution endangers all women and children in that acts of sexual predation are normalized — acts ranging from the seemingly banal (breast massage) to the lethal (snuff prostitution that includes filming of actual murders of real women and children)…

Johns who buy women, groups promoting legalized prostitution, and governments that support state-sponsored sex industries comprise a tripartite partnership that endangers all women. These groups collude in denying the everyday violence and subsequent health dangers to those in prostitution.”

“Bad for the Body, Bad for the Heart,” Violence Against Women, Oct. 2004

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder and Director, Prostitution Research and Education
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Advisory Council Member, Arte Sana
Education:
  • PhD, University of Iowa College of Education, 1973
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Would Legal Prostitution Better Protect Prostitutes from Violence?
  2. Should Prostitution Be Legal in Licensed Places like Brothels?
  3. Should Prostitution Be Legal?
  4. Is Prostitution Psychologically Harmful to Prostitutes?