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Women in Global - November 1st 2010 SHOULD PROSTITUTION BE LEGALIZED Lena Edlund PhD Professor of Economics at Columbia University and Evelyn Korn

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November 1 st , 2010 SHOULD PROSTITUTION BE LEGALIZED? Lena Edlund, PhD, Professor of Economics at Columbia University, and Evelyn Korn, PhD said prostitution “act or practice of engaging in sexual intercourse for money” But a prostitute cannot simply be a woman who sells her body, since “that is done every day” 1932: Comfort Women in Japan - During imperial period, as Japan went to Asian countries, hold prisoners and women used as prostitutes to satisfy soldiers raped without resistance 1977: Nevada Permit Brothels - Only state in US with limited criminalization of practice - Still legal in the state 1999: Sweden Takes Feminist Approach 100 Countries and Their Prostitution Policies - 10% Limited Legality - Legal 50% (mainly in Europe) - Illegal 40% Should prostitution be legalized? Radical feminist ask to completely abolish practice In late 19 th cent a lot of activist had strong ties to catholic church- point of view from conservative background saw it as epitome of women’s oppression
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This note was uploaded on 11/07/2011 for the course IAFF 2190 taught by Professor Micheleclark during the Fall '10 term at GWU.

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Women in Global - November 1st 2010 SHOULD PROSTITUTION BE LEGALIZED Lena Edlund PhD Professor of Economics at Columbia University and Evelyn Korn

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