Hookers Bailout Las Vegas?

In Las Vegas it’s okay to walk around with an open alcohol container.  But you can’t legally rent a hooker or an “escort” in Clark County, which includes Las Vegas.  Go figure. What can I say… it’s Vegas, Baby!

Prostitutes and Johns listen up:  The times they may be changin’.  Although Nevada is the only state that allows legal brothel prostitution (just outside of Clark County borders), it appears that in the wake of Nevada’s current budget shortfalls, the Nevada legislature is once again considering propositioning the legalization of prostitution.   hooker

The revenue idea is about as old as the prostitution profession itself.   During “hard” times our politicians routinely dip their wick into their bag of tricks.  One of the biggest proponents to legalize and tax all the fun is Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman.   He has always liked the idea.  After all, he says, it should be considered, adding it could bring perhaps $200 million to our parched coffers, aiding downtown redevelopment initiatives.

Nevada State Senator Bob Coffin (yes, that’s not a typo) is hammering another nail in the old idea, bringing it up recently as a serious Nevada legislative proposal.  But why shouldn’t he? He need not care about any red light political fallout as he has reached his term limit for service and will not have to run again. 

The fact of the matter is that the Nevada state legislature would first have to pass a law allowing prostitution in Clark County and that would supposedly severely hurt the tax base of the smaller Nevada counties that depend on the money that comes from brothels. 

Not only that, but Nevada’s once burgeoning casino industry has in the past vehemently opposed any attempt to legalize prostitution in Vegas so not to impinge on their revenues.

Most everyone accepts the fact that lots of prostitution is going on unregulated and untaxed in Las Vegas.  The question is what to do with it- and when.  Times are much different now.   Las Vegas continues to lose gaming revenue; residents and visitors are dropping from the borders like flies; education is at risk of losing half of their funding; and houses are morphing into ghost towns.

Perhaps now is the time for not just another round of idle lip service, but true legislation that could help make our lives a little bit easier.

But, for now, if you feel the urge, the closest legal brothel to Las Vegas is the Chicken Ranch in Nye County, which is just minutes from the Clark County line.

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