Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Nevada Sees Revived Debate on Legal Brothels

NY Times: Nevada Politicians Debate an Older Profession, by Jennifer Medina:

Nevada CARSON CITY, Nev. — Brooke Taylor voted for Harry Reid in his battle for re-election to the Senate last fall. But now she is incensed. Mr. Reid recently visited here and took a firm, if unexpected, stand: he called for an end to legal brothels.

For five years Ms. Taylor has worked at the Moonlite Bunny Ranch, the Nevada brothel featured on the HBO show “Cathouse,” a few miles outside Carson City, the state capital. She has fashioned herself as the public face for legal prostitution throughout the state, a role she has embraced in adult magazines, on cable television and even on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

Now Mr. Reid’s comments are reopening the oldest debate about the oldest profession. And Ms. Taylor is rallying her army of fans and clients to fight back. . . .

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