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Nevada Legal Info

The Legal Situation in Nevada

Counties in Nevada that don't exceed a certain number of inhabitants
can allow legal prostitution, and most do. Prostitution remains illegal
in the counties of Las Vegas, Reno, Carson City and Lake Tahoe and
next to the Utah border.

Where it is allowed, prostitution is governed by a multitude of
regulatory laws and ordinances on the state, county and city
level. Streetwalking is illegal everywhere and prostitutes have to be
registered, get regular health check ups and can only work out of
licenced brothels.

Restrictions on the prostitutes themselves vary, but are generally
extremely harsh. They are allowed to leave the brothels only at
certain prescribed times of the day, usually only a couple of hours,
can only visit certain places, and some cities even restrict with whom
they can talk. They also cannot have non-paying visitors during their
contract period (typically some 3-5 weeks). They work as independent

Generally speaking, the laws are designed to protect the customers
from STD's and to keep prostitutes out of sight, very discriminatory
and with no concern for prostitute's rights. Obviously, this model of
legalization is not very appealing to other prostitutes in the US.

It is, however, appealing to the Nevada population, who keeps
supporting this model despite repeated attempts from the right in the
Nevada legislature to abolish prostitution.

For more information:


Date: Mon, 22 May 1995 18:30:49 UTC Subject: Nevada legislator wants to shut down brothels CARSON CITY, Nev. (Reuter) - A state legislator Tuesday launched a campaign to outlaw one of rural Nevada's most profitable enterprises -- legal prostitution. The bill, introduced by Republican Assemblyman Bill Harrington, would outlaw prostitution, subject brothel operators to fines of between $10,000 and $100,000, and stick prostitutes with a levy of up to $5,000. In recent years, however, measures seeking to do away with the local brothel system have failed under the opposition of rural lawmakers and the influential and monied Nevada Brothel Association. Association lobbyist George Flint said this latest attempt by Harrington, a physician and former bishop, is ``well meaning'' but misguided. Flint contends that prostitution is better regulated than left unchecked. Harrington's bill was the source of some amusement when it was introduced Tuesday. One lawmaker jokingly recommended that it be reviewed in a committee dealing with ``natural resources.''
Subject: Re: Nevada legislator wants to shut down brothels Date: 22 May 1995 14:11:07 -0700 This is pretty much an annual event in Nevada. We doubt this one will get any farther than the previous ones; the magic words that seem to kill the bill are, "You know, this means we'll need a Nevada state income tax."
Date: Fri, 10 Apr 1998 12:36:21 CST Subject: NEVADA Condom Use High In Nevada Brothels NEW YORK "Nevada's mandatory condom law and brothel workers' firm insistence on condom use are undoubtedly important factors in ensuring the use of condoms by clients,'' conclude researchers at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. Their study, published in the April issue of the American Journal of Public Health, was based on the results of detailed interviews conducted with 40 licensed female prostitutes at two legal Nevada brothels during July 1995. Overall, the women reported that 2.7% of their clients initially refused to wear a condom during penetrative sex acts. However, 72% of those men donned a condom "after women stated that neither vaginal intercourse nor fellatio would otherwise occur.'' Another 12% opted for nonpenetrative sexual services, while the remaining 16% left without receiving any services. The researchers say five of the men in the latter group "were forced to leave the premises by brothel security.'' The overall result? "No worker reported having unprotected vaginal intercourse with a client who refused to wear a condom,'' according to the study authors. The researchers say successful avoidance of unsafe sex may contribute to "the absence of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases among this population.'' Nevada is the only state in the country which has legalized prostitution. In an effort to slow the spread of HIV, Nevada lawmakers passed legislation in 1988 which mandated condom use during all brothel sexual activity. Visitors to Nevada brothels are typically greeted by posted signs reiterating that condom use is required during intercourse. As well, workers often have alarm buzzers installed inside their rooms that enable them to call security guards should clients prove particularly uncooperative with regards to condom use. The researchers note, however, that Nevada sex workers may actually be less condom-conscious in their private lives than at the workplace. "Condom use (among prostitutes) was markedly lower with lovers than with brothel clients,'' they say. Only 7 of the 38 women who reported having a lover within the past year said they consistently used condoms within their personal relationships. Most non-users said they trusted in their lover's monogamy to keep them STD-free. SOURCE: American Journal of Public Health (1998;88(4):643-646)

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