Here are a few things to know about Nevada’s sex-trade establishments.
That means no legal prostitution in Clark County, where Las Vegas is. County law prohibits brothels in Washoe County, home to Reno, and several other counties.
Nevada provides a tolerant atmosphere toward prostitution, and though illegal today in Las Vegas, the city remains renowned for its ongoing sex trade — as well as its slogan of “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.”
Testing aims to prevent STIs
The state board of health requires sex workers to undergo testing for sexually transmitted infections.
Monthly blood testing is required for HIV and syphilis.
Sex workers must also require patrons to use condoms.
How the deal for sex is made
In general, initial contact takes place in a central parlor. Customers approach women from a lineup or at the brothel’s bar.
The price for sex is negotiated “behind closed doors in the individual prostitute’s room,” the sociologists said.
Female sex workers reported they can refuse clients, and one common way is setting too high a price.
Brothel stars in HBO reality show
Nevada’s Moonlite Bunny Ranch outside Reno has been the subject of the series “Cathouse.” HBO said the series began after the brothel was featured in two specials in 2002 and 2003 that became the network’s “highest-rated adult documentaries.”
Brothels’ advertising is limited
Nevada brothels can’t advertise in any city or county that doesn’t allow prostitution.
Arguing the law violated the First Amendment, the ACLU won in a federal trial court, but lost in federal appeals court.
The U.S. Supreme Court later refused to hear the case in 2011, allowing the law to stand.
Nevada lawmakers didn’t leave a legislative history, making it difficult “to speculate about what motivated legislators nearly a century ago,” Balboni wrote.
“It is reasonable to presume that their intent related in some way to preserving the health, safety, welfare and morals of the state’s citizens,” she wrote.
Meanwhile, as every Las Vegas tourist knows, escort services and their promoters pass out advertisements to passersby on the Strip today.