A "prostitution-free zone" in Washington D.C. in 2009.

A "prostitution-free zone" in Washington D.C. in 2009.

This week, in the midst of an increased effort by D.C. police to crack down on prostitution in the district, Amnesty International voted to support a policy that calls for decriminalization of the sex trade. These moves have spurred polarizing debates that, for the most part, reflect the way prostitution is usually discussed: as a moral and public safety issue. Kojo talks with one philosopher who has a new way of framing the conversation.


  • Laurie Shrage Professor of Philosophy and Women's and Gender Studies, Florida International University; Visiting Fellow, Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University

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