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Melissa Farley, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Prostitution Research & Education

Melissa Farley Ph.D. has has written 26 peer-reviewed articles on prostitution and trafficking and two books: Prostitution, Trafficking & Traumatic Stress (2004), and Prostitution and Trafficking in Nevada: Making the Connections (2007). She co-authored the first international survey of prostitution and PTSD in nine countries (2003); the first psychological research on the lives of trafficked Native American women in the United States (2011); and the first study comparing sex buyers to non-sex buyers (2011). Dr. Farley founded Prostitution Research & Education (PRE) in 1995. It’s a nonprofit organization dedicated to research, education, and policy on prostitution and its impact on trafficking of women, men, and children. PRE’s goal is to abolish prostitution and offer alternatives to those in it. Their research has been used by governments in South Africa, Canada, New Zealand, Ghana, Spain, Sweden, Korea, United Kingdom, and United States for education and policy development on prostitution and trafficking.