Although brothels were still present in most cities and urban centers, and could range from private bordelages run by a procuress from her home to public baths and centers established by municipal legislation, the only centers for prostitution legally allowed were the institutionalized and publicly funded brothels.   However this did not prevent illegal brothels from thriving. Furthermore, brothels theoretically banned the patronage of married men and clergy also, but it was sporadically enforced and there is evidence of clergymen present in brawls that were documented in brothels.  Thus it is obvious that the clergy were at least present in brothels at some point or another. Brothels also settled the "obsessive fear of the sharing of women" and solved the issue of "collective security."  The lives of prostitutes in brothels were not cloistered like that of nuns and "only some lived permanently in the streets assigned to them."  Prostitutes were only allowed to practice their trade in the brothel in which they worked.  Brothels were also used to protect prostitutes and their clients through various regulations. For example, the law that "forbid brothel keepers [from] beat[ing] them."  However, brothel regulations also hindered prostitutes' lives by forbidding them from having "lovers other than their customers" or from having a favored customer. 
Poorly researched articles like this one abound and often provide more mis-information and provoke the tsk-tsking reaction among many readers. Like many other things in Latin America, the gov here is ‘enlightened due to oversight’ in this and many other areas. Regulation certainly wouldn’t hurt, but making the practice illegal would have the same negative effect it has stateside.. drawing in pimps, lawyers, and other ‘protectors’ and placing the girls in positions ultimately far more dangerous and injurious to their health and safety than the current rather laissez-faire situation.. which most of the girls prefer. Many are ‘pro-ams’ who hook occasionally to supplement their low wage income and resemble more a secretary on a night out than a pro selling sex for pay. And aren’t into drugs or other forms of self-abuse.
Try to learn more about your subject matter before presenting information about which you are not well informed. JW
Local gang leaders in the territory routinely extorted “favors” from prostitutes: complimentary services from the working girls. Renegade prostitutes like Jill would routinely “comply” with these “requests” or “directives” due to the compulsion factor: failure to comply would bring an almost certain risk of being a victim of violence from the gang. Today, in recovery, Jill speaks about how she must be “blessed” to have not been killed so many different times she was in this “business”. Because she had a close friend named Melody who, after angering two gang members, was forced into their car, and was brutally raped, tortured, and killed in Chicago near the Henry Horner public housing complex. Apparently, the victim Melody (age 25) had been given a small amount of drugs to sell so she could have a small amount for her own consumption. This is called being given a “pack”: you keep 3 from the pack, but you have to sell the other 7 dime bags of crack from the “pack” and return the full amount to the dealer.