Protection for Prostitutes
In her expository essay, “Enough Already, It’s Time We Decriminalize Prostitution,” Patty Kelly debates the controversial issue of the legalization of prostitution. Discussing her research of the involvement of American male adults in prostitution, Kelly successfully quotes the large number of males who are involved in paid sex services. She also uncovers the reasons sex workers are in this specific field which are: after leaving a distressful marriage, a disturbing pre-marital relationship, financial catastrophe, etc. It gives women the choice to work make their own hours and set their own rates and gives them the flexibility to decide the acts they will perform, which can be different for each individual. She sheds light on the behaviors of male customers as well, such as the willingness to pay more for unprotected sex and how they can be violent towards sex workers. Moreover, she pinpoints the law of different lands and states for prostitution to uncover the realistic approach to provide legal rights to sex trade workers. However, she discourages most of the laws due to their inability to provide protection to women, but she highly appreciates New Zealand’s 2003 Prostitution Reform Act which is based on core human values to live in a safe environment as well, it gives protection to sex workers. The law not only decriminalized prostitution, but it put firm rules in place to insure safe sexual activities and bind all the people and organizations involved in such business to be equally responsible for minimizing the risks of STD transmission. In the end, Kelly’s essay urges that more protection for prostitutes and their customers be put in place so that sex workers and the men who use their services can be safe, and work in a respectful environment.
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