Understanding Commercial Sex Policy: A Global and US Perspective
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
72 East Concord Street
The form of commercial sex that some people call prostitution and others call sex work is presently illegal to sell and to buy in the United States, with the exception of 11 counties in Nevada where it is legalized. The public health community is not unified in its perspective on policy options. The purpose of this symposium is to use a public health framework to consider the potential advantages and disadvantages of legalizing or decriminalizing commercial sex in the United States. Speakers will address the harms of criminalizing the buying and selling of sex as well as the need to reduce human trafficking. Lessons learned in the global context will be considered. The objective of the symposium is to equip attendees with a richer understanding of the issue and the likely implications of supporting the legislative options under consideration.
MORNING SESSION 2
8:30 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.
Breakfast and Informal Greetings
8:50 a.m. – 9 a.m.
WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS
Sandro Galea, Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor, Boston University School of Public Health
Emily Rothman, Associate Professor, Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health
9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
SEXUAL COMMERCE IN NEOLIBERAL TIMES: POLICY, POLITICS AND NEVADA’S LEGAL BROTHELS
Barbara G. Brents, Professor, Sociology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
GENDER EQUALITY AND COMMERCIAL SEX IN THE GLOBAL CONTEXT
Saniye Gülser Corat, Director, Division for Gender Equality, Office of the Director-General, UNESCO
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
CHILD TRAFFICKING AS A HUMAN RIGHTS AND RACIAL JUSTICE ISSUE
Malika Saada Saar, Senior Counsel on Civil and Human Rights, Google
11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
SEXUAL LABOR AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
Emily A. Owens, Assistant Professor, History, Brown University
12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
THE REALITY OF THE SEX INDUSTRY FROM A SURVIVOR’S PERSPECTIVE
Audrey Morrissey, Associate Director, My Life My Choice, Justice Resource Institute
12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Pick up boxed lunch.
12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
VARIOUS POLICIES, DIVERGENT HEALTH OUTCOMES: UNRESOLVED TENSIONS IN THE FIELD OF COMMERCIAL SEX
Sharon S. Oselin, Associate Director, Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies and Associate Professor, Sociology, University of California, Riverside
1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
LOST IN TRAFFIC: SEX WORK, TRAFFICKING, AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Bobbi Taylor, Chair, Steering Committee, Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition
2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
DECRIMINALIZING PROSTITUTION TO IMPROVE PUBLIC HEALTH AND ADVANCE HUMAN RIGHTS: AN EVIDENCE-BASED POLICY?
Michael Shively, Senior Associate, Abt Associates
2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE: HELPING ADOLESCENTS SITUATE THEMSELVES IN RELATION TO COMMERCIAL SEX
Jeff R. Temple, Professor and Director, Behavioral Health and Research, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Texas Medical Branch