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Micheline Carrier Biography

Founder and Editor of
Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"

“Prostitution is a form of violence, of exploitation and of alienation. It undermines the dignity and the integrity of the individual. It results mainly from sexual oppression and socioeconomic disparities, which strike first at women and children. It seems to us absurd and irresponsible to seek the decriminalization of a system which crushes thousands of human lives, under the pretext that current laws do not bring forth the elimination of prostitution. Since when do laws eliminate crimes like rape or incest? Does that mean that we should decriminalize these acts? Who would dare demand the legalization of slavery or torture, as a way to control their unacceptable consequences?

Decriminalizing prostitution raises important social, ethical, economic and political issues which far exceed immediate individual interests. How can one speak about ‘consent’ and about ‘choice’ when the average age of entry into prostitution is 13, when everyone knows that it is economic and emotional misery which drives more and more women and children to sell their body, as well as the brutal measures of training to which pimps, traffickers and criminalized gangs are subjecting them to? Decriminalization of prostitution cannot constitute a true alternative to the increasing misery of prostitutes.”, Nov. 30, 2004

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder and Editor,, 2002-present
  • Journalist and essayist
  • In 1997 and 1998, won two prizes from the Ministry of Education for “La mort, condition de la vie,” by Micheline Carrier and Colette Gendron, Montréal, Presses de l’Université du Québec, 1997
  • Formation in philosophy and History at Laval University in Quebec and University of Ottawa
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  1. How Many Prostitutes Are in the United States and the Rest of the World?