Pro to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
"In order to use labor laws to protect women in the sex industry, the legal status of prostitution and its offshoots--brothel keeping, pimping, soliciting, paying for sex--would need to be re-examined. After all, the Department of Justice does not ensure minimum wages for drug runners or concern itself with working conditions in the Mob. But whether or not we approve of sex work or would want our daughters to be thus employed, the moral argument for condemnation starts to fall apart when we consider the conditions of abuse suffered by real women working in the industry. Criminalization has been as unsuccessful in dismantling the sex industry as it has been in eliminating the drug trade and preventing back-alley abortions. Sex work is here to stay, and by recognizing it as paid labor governments can guarantee fair treatment as well as safe and healthy work environments--including overtime and vacation pay, control over condom use, and the right to collective bargaining."
"Regulating the Global Brothel" The American Prospect, July 2, 2001
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:
Assistant Professor, Economics, University of California, Los Angeles, 2006-present
Research Associate, California Center for Population Research, 2006-present
Alan Nevins Prize for best dissertation in US economic history, Economic History Association, 2006
Warren C. Scoville Distinguished Teaching Award, 2006
John E. Rovensky Dissertation Fellowship in Business and Economic History, 2005-2006
Dissertation Fellowship, Center for American Political Studies, Harvard University, 2005-2006
Dissertation Fellowship, Economic History Association, 2005-2006
Doctoral Fellow, Multidisciplinary Program on Inequality and Social
Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2002-2006
Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 2001-2004
Phi Beta Kappa, 2000
President’s Award for Academic Achievement, Princeton University, 1998
PhD, Economics, Harvard University, 2006
MA, Economics, Harvard University, 2003
AB, Summa Cum Laude, Economics, Princeton University, 2000