Brothel Industry Fears Harry Reid Will Call for an End to Legal Prostitution

Brothel Industry Fears Harry Reid Will Call for an End to Legal Prostitution

03/11/2011

In order to rebuff Republicans who blame him for the dismal economy of the state, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid might fault the brothels as the ones responsible for the high unemployment rate.

This is why the industry is preparing to fill the Legislature with its professional women on fears that Reid will call for a stop to legalized prostitution in the state of Nevada when he addresses lawmakers Tuesday.

A lobbyist for the Nevada brothel industry, George Flint, said that he believes Reid will use his biannual address to bring up the subject.

It has been confirmed by a source close to Democrats that some members of the staff of Reid are trying to convince him not to talk about prostitution or point out its role as the obstacle to economic development.

Jon Summers, the spokesman for Reid, will not confirm or deny the content of the Senate Majority Leader’s speech.

The issue of brothels has been largely frowned upon by the Legislature of the State of Nevada.

Back in 2009, when Nevada was looking for ways on how to augment their coffers, Flint told them that the brothel industry is willing to pay a specific amount in taxes to the state.

This suggestion, however, was shot down by Democratic legislators, who considered the issue as some sort of a distraction.

State laws bars Clark and Washoe counties, the two most populous in the state, from hosting legalized prostitution. Nevertheless, legal brothels can be found outside of Carson City some 6.3 miles away. Currently, the industry pays fees to the counties where the brothels are located.

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