Tobias: “Prostitution is Dehumanizing” — That’s Why He Only Gets “Massages”?

Darby Hickey, of Free Speech Radio News, files this report (direct download, .mp3) on PEPFAR, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, a $15 billion dollar program for international HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care. Here you can listen to the words of former client of Ms. Palfrey’s escort service, Randall Tobias, who administered the program until one week ago today, on how prostitution is “fundamentally harmful and… dehumanizing.”

With Tobias out, and PEPFAR up for reauthorization next year, we all ought to keep an eye on this:

Next year’s funding for the program is being appropriated in the coming months and re-authorization is pending in 2008. Recognized as a significant contribution to the fight against HIV/AIDS, the plan, PEPFAR for short, also came with many restrictions on how the funding could be spent. Research shows those ideology-driven restrictions are undermining the goals of the plan, says Jodi Jacobson, Executive Director of the Center for Health and Gender Equity, which maintains the website PEPFARWatch.org.

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