Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University
Pro to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
"Contrary to stereotypes of paid sex, work in a legal brothel is not especially dangerous or hazardous to one's health. Some sex workers view their profession as involving greater skill and even a more human touch than alternative jobs open to them. They take pride in their ability to give not only physical pleasure, but also emotional support, to needy people who cannot get sex any other way.
If sex work is not going to disappear anytime soon, anyone who cares about the health and safety of sex workers – not to mention their rights – should support moves to make it a fully legal industry. That is what most sex workers want as well...
[C]ountries that criminalize the sex industry should consider the harms these laws cause, as Amnesty International has done. It is time to put aside moralistic prejudices, whether based on religion or an idealistic form of feminism, and do what is in the best interests of sex workers and the public as a whole."
"The Case for Legalizing Sex Work," project-syndicate.org, Nov. 14, 2016
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:
Founder, The Life You Can Save, 2013-present
Laureate Professor, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne, 2013-present
Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University, 1999-present
Laureate Professor, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, University of Melbourne, 2005-2012
Member, Oxfam American Leadership Council, 2003-present
President, Animal Rights International, 1999-2011
Cofounder and President, The Great Ape Project, 1993-2005
Co-editor, Bioethics, 1985-1999
Deputy Director, Centre for Human Bioethics, Monash University, 1992-1997
Foundation President, International Association of Bioethics, 1992-1995
Editorial Board, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 1978-1997
Co-Director, Institute for Ethics and Public Policy, Monash University, 1992-1995
Director, Centre for Human Bioethics, Monash University, 1983-1991
BPhil, University of Oxford, 1971
MA, University of Melbourne, 1969
BA, University of Melbourne, 1967
Elected Humanist Laureate by the International Academy of Humanism in 2004
Included in Time magazine's 2005 list of the world's most influential people