The Nevada Independent

Your state. Your news. Your voice.

The Nevada Independent

Senate introduces bill to ban brothels in Nevada

Michelle Rindels
Michelle Rindels
IndyBlogSex Industry
SHARE

The state Senate has introduced a bill to ban prostitution in Nevada — the only state where it’s legal.

SB413, sponsored by Republican Sen. Joe Hardy and Democratic Sen. Pat Spearman, strikes out portions of state law that allow counties other than Clark County to authorize brothels.

“We have a lot of sex trafficking that uses that as a cloak,” Spearman said about why she signed on to the bill. She also said there were other potential legal models aside from what Nevada has, pointing to the Nordic model, in which prostitution is decriminalized but buying sex is a crime.

The bill comes amid renewed scrutiny on brothels, which are allowed in 10 of Nevada’s 17 counties. Opponents put forward an advisory question with the aim of banning them in Lyon County last fall, but brothel workers launched a vigorous campaign to defeat the ballot measure, and it failed with less than 20 percent of the vote.

A federal lawsuit alleges the brothels invite sex trafficking and seeks to ban them.

Another bill, introduced by Democratic Assemblywoman Lesley Cohen, seeks to study on the working conditions within brothels but does not propose banning them.

SHARE

IndyFest is proudly sponsored by:

Comment Policy (updated 4/20/2021): Please keep your comments civil. We reserve the right to delete comments or ban users who engage in personal attacks, use an excess of profanity, make verifiably false statements or are otherwise nasty. Comments that contain links must be approved by admin.
7455 Arroyo Crossing Pkwy Suite 220 Las Vegas, NV 89113
© 2020 THE NEVADA INDEPENDENT
Privacy PolicyRSSContactJobsSupport our Work
The Nevada Independent is a project of: Nevada News Bureau, Inc. | Federal Tax ID 27-3192716