Some people are confused about the Love Ranch South, the brothel where former NBA player Lamar Odom was found unconscious. Even though prostitution is illegal in most of the country, including Las Vegas, it is legal in Nye County, Nevada, where the licensed brothel is located.
In fact, prostitution is illegal in most Nevada counties. Any county that has more than 400,000 residents is disqualified from having legal prostitution under Nevada law. This is why it’s illegal in Clark County and therefore Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Defense Group reported. Brothels have been legal in Nevada since the middle of the 19th century.
There are eight Nevada counties that allow prostitution. Brothels must be licensed, and sex workers must be consenting adults, they must have work cards and they must be paid fairly.
Further rules require that prostitutes get regular HIV and STD testing; condom use is mandatory; brothels cannot be located near a church, a school or a main street; and brothels cannot advertise in counties where prostitution is illegal.
The Love Ranch South, formerly known as the Bunny Ranch, is one of the most famous brothels in the world. It was featured on the HBO show “Cathouse: The Series,” which documented the personal lives of the workers. Season 1 had 11 episodes and aired in 2005, and six episodes from Season 2 were broadcast two years later. In 2008, there were two specials that showed negotiations between workers and clients. The owner, Dennis Hof, was a regular on the series, along with popular workers like Brooke Taylor and Air Force Amy.
The brothel has been in business since 1955 and entices clients with the slogan “Sexy girls, great drink and fine cigars.” The workers are referred to as “lovers” on the site. There is also a “menu” where guests can pick what kind of services they want to purchase.
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