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Janice G. Raymond, Contributor

Janice G. Raymond is Professor Emerita of Women’s Studies and Medical Ethics at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst (USA).  She has been Visiting Professor at the University of Linkoping in Sweden, Visiting Research Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Lecturer at the State Institute for Islamic Studies (IAIN Sunan Kalijaga), Center for Women Studies, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. 

In 2007, Dr. Raymond received the “International Woman Award” from the Zero Tolerance Trust in Scotland. A longtime feminist scholar/activist against violence against women and sexual exploitation, as well as against the medical abuse of women, Janice Raymond was Co-Executive Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) from 1994-2007 and is currently on its Board of Directors. 

Under Raymond’s leadership, CATW expanded its regional networks and partners in the Baltics, the Balkans, and Eastern Europe, and supported prevention of human trafficking projects in the Philippines, Venezuela, Mexico, Mali and the Republic of Georgia. CATW has also helped provide services for Nigerian women trafficked to Italy, trained police and judges in India and educated journalists in Albania. A particular strength of CATW is that it combines education and policy work with direct services and prevention programs through its many coalitions and affiliates worldwide that have established programs for girls and women who are victims, or potential victims, of sexual exploitation.

Janice Raymond has been in the forefront of the campaign to get prostitution recognized as violence against women, encouraging governments to provide services and alternatives for women in prostitution and penalize the purchase of women and children for sexual activities. Raymond has promoted innovative prevention projects in different countries that discourage the demand for prostitution, a root cause of sex trafficking, challenging young men to a different standard of masculinity and enlisting them in the campaign against sexual exploitation.

In 2000, she co-published one of the first studies on trafficking in the United States entitled, Sex Trafficking in the United States: Links Between International and Domestic Sex Industries.  In 2002, she directed and co-authored a multi-country project in the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Venezuela and the United States, entitled Women in the International Migration Process: Patterns, Profiles and Health Consequences of Sexual Exploitation.

In January 2004, Dr. Raymond testified before the European Parliament on “The Impact of the Sex Industry in the EU.” In 2003, Raymond testified before a subcommittee of the U.S. Congress on “The Ongoing Tragedy of International Slavery and Human Trafficking.” In 1999-2000, as an NGO representative to the UN Transnational Crime Committee, in Vienna, she helped define the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children, supplementing the UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime. Janice Raymond has also served as an expert witness to legal challenges promoting decriminalization of the sex industry, most recently for the Department of Justice in Canada. 

In addition to publishing in Truthdig, Janice Raymond has published articles in the Guardian, the Christian Science Monitor, Portside, and OpEd News. Dr. Raymond is the author of six books and multiple articles, translated into several languages, on issues ranging from violence against women, women’s health, feminist theory and bio-medicine. She has also published numerous articles on prostitution and sex trafficking.  She lectures internationally on all these topics.  Her most recent book is Not a Choice, Not A Job: Exposing the Myths about Prostitution and the Global Sex Trade. Her website is janiceraymond.com