Prostitution and the Sex Trade

Sunday, December 28, 2014
First Aired: 
Sunday, October 14, 2012

What is it

Some consider the commodification of sexual services inherently wrong, something that ought to be abolished outright. Others claim that prostitution is a legitimate form of commerce and that changing its legal status would reduce or eliminate most harms to sex workers. So in a just society, are there any conditions under which buying and selling sex are morally acceptable? Does the sex trade inevitably involve coercion of some kind, or can becoming a sex worker ever be a free, fully autonomous choice? John and Ken explore the complexities of the world's oldest profession with novelist, columnist, and former sex worker Tracy Quan, author of the best-selling Diary of a Manhattan Call Girl. This program was recorded live at the Public Radio Program Directors Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Unlimited Listening

 

Buy the Episode

 

Listen to the Preview

 

Guest

Novelist and Daily Beast Columnist Tracy Quan

 
 

Bonus Content

 

Upcoming Shows

12 July 2020

Walter Benjamin and the Re-Enchanted...

Walter Benjamin was a German Jewish critical theorist, essayist, and philosopher who died tragically during the Second World War. His thoughts about...

19 July 2020

Frantz Fanon and the Violence of...

Frantz Fanon is a thinker who has inspired radical liberation movements in places ranging from Palestine to South Africa to the United States. Most...

26 July 2020

The Ethical Jerk

Ethics philosophers are more ethical than the average individual — right? Well, maybe not. Studies show that philosophy professors are just as biased...