Nevada Brothels May Be Dying Out. Lamar Odom’s Collapse Has Focused Attention on These Establishments

LBN’s Emily Collins reports that it has been two days since former NBA and reality TV star Lamar Odom was found unconscious on the floor of a Nevada brothel. But the days of brothels may be numbered in Nevada, the only state where prostitution is legalized. Nevada legalized brothels in 1971. However, the days of these establishments may be numbered because of the urbanization of the state and the existence of the Internet.

The growth of Nevada cities has led to a push to abolish brothels. And with the existence of cyberspace and a host of software applications, people can hook up with relative ease and avoid a drive through the Nevada desert to a house of prostitution.

Nevada has seventeen licensed brothels. And, despite what people might think, none of these businesses can be found in Las Vegas. George Flint, the last remaining lobbyist for brothels, has retired at the age of 81. This leaves organized prostitution without a voice in the Nevada legislature.

Dennis Hof, who owns the Love Ranch where Odom was found unconscious, is trying to keep brothels in business. Hof, the author of “The Art of the Pimp,” says he will be paying off the student loan debts of his employees. Hof says that “These girls are educated young businesswomen.”

The very isolation of the brothels may be part of their appeal. Lamar Odom, in his stay at the Love Ranch, had apparently been taking cocaine and a sexual stimulant medication for three days before he was found. Odom may face drug possession charges, depending on what the investigation turns up. The employees of the Love Ranch will be looked at as well. The story is not over, it seems.

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