Former Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Southern Maine
Pro to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
"In countries where sex work is regulated, sex workers are stigmatized and placed under scrutiny not required of any other legal worker. Other forms of control enforced in regulated systems include registration of sex workers and 'imprisonment' in brothels or within certain zones. In countries and states where sex work is illegal and/or tolerated... sex workers are unable to demand rights and benefits as workers and are generally denied police protection. This leaves sex workers vulnerable to exploitation, poor working conditions, physical abuse, arrest, and incarceration. Immigrant women who prostitute may be deported; mothers who prostitute can lose custody of their children. These are but a few examples of the reasons sex workers want prostitution... and sex work decriminalized, not regulated or prohibited..."
Experts Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the study of prostitution. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to prostitution issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
Former Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of Southern Maine
Former Research Associate, Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine
Democratic Candidate, Maine House of Representatives, 2006
Democratic Candidate, Maine House of Representatives, 2004
Former Assistant Professor, Social Work, University of Houston
Former Associate Professor, Social Work, State University of New York, Buffalo
Academic Advisory Board Member, International Sex Worker Foundation for Art Culture and Education (ISWFACE)
Board Member, Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics (COYOTE) Seattle
Former President, Maine Chapter, National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Former Board Member, National Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Former Board Member, Texas Association Against Sexual Assault
Former Board Member, New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault