Disadvantages and Alternatives to Legalizing Prostitution Essay

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Anthropology professor and author of “Lydia's Open Door” Patty Kelly presents several compelling arguments for the legalization of prostitution in her article “Enough Already, it's Time we Legalize Prostitution”. Kelly believes firmly that legalization of sex work, and the introduction of state regulated brothels would protect both the women who offer sexual services, as well as the clients who obtain these services. Mostly based on her time spent visiting a legal, state run brothel in Mexico, Kelly observed and spoke to many women involved in the legal sex trade taking place there. She concluded from her time in the Galatica Zone that most of the women had considered the advantages and disadvantages of working in the sex trade before …show more content…
While Kelly argues that legalization of prostitution would create a safer environment for women involved in the sex trade, she fails to mention that safety and health would still be a risk for women who chose to work on the street, or who were unable to gain employment at a government run brothel do to testing positive for an incurable std. Coupled with the market for sex work without condoms that would grow due to mandatory condom use in brothels, this could create more transmission of disease. While her effort to inform people of the damage done by anti-prostitution laws is commendable, a more logical solution would be to increase social and financial supports to all low income women. Opportunities to gain employment and education would keep women out of sex work, and thus out of danger and provide them with the ability to escape poverty without having to consider the sex industry as a way to increase their income above what is otherwise available to women who lack formal education or training. Kelly states that

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