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  1. 1. Legalized Brothels in the United States By: Stephen Chen
  2. 2. <ul><li>Many consider prostitution as the world’s </li></ul><ul><li>oldest profession </li></ul><ul><li>Prostitution is not illegal in the United States </li></ul><ul><li>It is up to each state to decide whether to make prostitution illegal or not </li></ul>
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  4. 4. <ul><li>Prostitution is illegal in 48 states. </li></ul><ul><li>Rhode Island and Nevada are the only states where prostitution is legal. </li></ul><ul><li>A common misconception is that prostitution is legal everywhere in Nevada. </li></ul><ul><li>Street Solicitation or “hookering” is illegal in Nevada. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>The term “ hooker ” actually originated from a streetwalker/prostitute from Corlaer’s Hook, a small section of lower Manhattan in New York that was notoriously known for prostitutes. </li></ul>
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  7. 7. <ul><li>Under Nevada state law, prostitution is only legal under certain conditions. </li></ul><ul><li>It is only legal under in-house supervision which called brothels. </li></ul><ul><li>Brothels can only exist in Nevada counties with a population of less than 400,000. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Currently, out of 17 counties in the state of Nevada, only 12 may legally have brothels. </li></ul><ul><li>Prostitution is illegal in Las Vegas. </li></ul><ul><li>The three Nevada main tourist attraction that do not have brothels include Las Vegas, Carson City, and Reno. </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>As of 2004, there are about 30 legalized brothels in the State of Nevada. </li></ul><ul><li>Each one employing anywhere from 10-300 prostitutes at any given time. </li></ul><ul><li>The licensing fee for each brothel ranges from $200-$100,000 per year depending on location and county that they located in. </li></ul>
  10. 12. <ul><li>Mustang Ranch was the only early advocate to promote legalized prostitution and brothels. </li></ul><ul><li>Mustang Ranch and owner Joe Conforte managed to convince state legislature and court officials to pass the regulation of licensing both brothels and prostitutes. </li></ul><ul><li>As of July 2007, two Nevada state laws were overturned that prohibited brothels advertising in counties where prostitution is illegal in the form of newspaper ads, billboards, and leaflets. </li></ul>
  11. 13. <ul><li>Culturally and stereotypically, prostitutes are portrayed as trash, drug addicts, junkies, and public health nuisances and crisis. </li></ul><ul><li>In society, women working as prostitutes are perceived as bad girls and labeled whores. </li></ul>
  12. 15. <ul><li>The media has actually had a positive influence over society views of prostitution. </li></ul><ul><li>In films and books, prostitution is often portrayed as a symbol of cultural and moral decline, victims of male lust, rage and antics. </li></ul><ul><li>Examples can be found in the story of Cinderella, and films such as Pretty Woman and Leaving Las Vegas. </li></ul>
  13. 17. <ul><li>There are no actual reported cases of HIV or AIDS contraction among the brothels in Nevada since mandatory testing began in 1986. </li></ul><ul><li>The mandatory condom use law was passed in 1988. </li></ul><ul><li>The gonorrhea rate remains at approximately 1% </li></ul>
  14. 18. Requirements for all Brothels and Prostitutes: <ul><li>Mandatory condom use </li></ul><ul><li>On site (brothel) AIDS and STD prevention education program </li></ul><ul><li>Monthly HIV and STD testing </li></ul>
  15. 19. <ul><li>Prostitutes working in brothels are independent contractors. </li></ul><ul><li>They do not receive nor are they entitled to any benefits. </li></ul><ul><li>There are no unemployment, health or retirement benefits. </li></ul><ul><li>They are responsible for paying their own taxes. </li></ul><ul><li>Brothels do not have to pay state’s taxes. </li></ul>
  16. 20. <ul><li>In 2004, the TNS poll reported that 15% of men have paid for sex. </li></ul><ul><li>30% of single men over the age of 30 have paid for sex. </li></ul><ul><li>In 2005, famous Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss will open the first brothel in the state of Nevada that caters exclusively to women. </li></ul>
  17. 22. <ul><li>There are actual prostitute rights groups fighting to legalize as well as decriminalize prostitution across the United States. </li></ul><ul><li>Due to the control and legitimacy that brothel holds over the women working in them. </li></ul><ul><li>Some of these groups are: </li></ul><ul><li>- COYOTE </li></ul><ul><li>- FLOP </li></ul><ul><li>- HIRE </li></ul><ul><li>- PUMA </li></ul>
  18. 23. <ul><li>There is no set price for the type of service being performed. </li></ul><ul><li>Price is usually negotiated between each individual prostitute and client. </li></ul><ul><li>Management (Brothel) usually takes half of the negotiated amount. </li></ul><ul><li>Fees and tips are also paid out by the prostitute for each client such as cab fees and tips for house keeping thus leaving very little pay out to each client that they entertained. </li></ul>
  19. 24. <ul><li>The horrible conditions that women face in brothel are not much different from slavery. </li></ul><ul><li>They must stay in the brothel at all time, even if they choose to take walk around the ranch; they must give notice to management. </li></ul><ul><li>They are fingerprinted, back round check, and body check by both the management and sheriff department like they are criminals. </li></ul>
  20. 25. <ul><li>While some of the sex workers in these brothels is truly voluntary. </li></ul><ul><li>Most of them are young mothers, under educated women or women that come from abusive background that have no other means support themselves. </li></ul>