Last updated on: 6/2/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Paul Vallely Biography

Title:
Associate Editor of The Independent
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“The intervening years have only told the same story, with many countries oscillating between phases in which the sex industry was tolerated or cracked down upon….

Neither the permissive nor the prohibitive approach is successful because the problems they try to address – protecting public morals, controlling sexually transmitted disease, improving health and working conditions for the prostitutes, reducing the exploitation of women and the sex-slave trade are not amenable to common solutions.

What assists the one, detracts from another. Yet still we try, changing policy here, shifting it there. The only true lesson of history, it seems, is that we never learn from history.”

The Independent, Jan. 21, 2006

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Associate Editor, The Independent
  • Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG), Britain, 2006
  • Co-Writer, Secretariat to the Commission for Africa, 2004-2005
  • Former Chairman, Catholic Institute for International Relations (CIIR)
  • Former Chairman, Traidcraft
  • Formerly with Yorkshire Evening Post, The Times
  • International Reporter of the Year, British Press Awards
Education:
  • BA, English and Philosophy, Leeds University, 1974
Other:
  • None found