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Since the early days when Las Vegas first became a gambling oasis in the Nevada desert, sex has played an important role in its entertainment scene. When Bugsy Siegel first opened his Tropicana Casino in this sleepy desert town, he featured beautiful female hostesses and lavish shows with scantily clad women. That formula is still prevalent in Las Vegas casinos today.

News magazines advertising sexual encounters in Las Vegas © Mike Leco / USATourist.com
Since the early days when Las Vegas first became a gambling oasis in the Nevada desert, sex has played an important role in its entertainment scene.

At nearly every casino, beautiful cocktail waitresses dressed in ultra short skirts and low-cut tops float around the gaming parlors dispensing smiles and free drinks. The entertainment venues feature topless reviews and risqué entertainment. Just walking along the sidewalks of Las Vegas Boulevard, you pass numerous newspaper cabinets flashing revealing photos of female escorts and nude photo models. Street solicitors attempt to thrust flyers advertising sexual services into your hand. Las Vegas certainly gives the appearance of living up to its reputation as “sin city”.

Prostitution is not legal in Las Vegas

You may have heard that Nevada is the only state in the USA where prostitution is legal. That is correct; but prostitution is not legal everywhere in Nevada, and it is not legal in Las Vegas. That’s right! Prostitution is illegal in sin city. It is only legal in certain counties that have chosen to make it legal. Clark County Nevada and its principal city Las Vegas chose to not make prostitution legal. It is also illegal in Henderson, Laughlin and Boulder City.

What about those female escorts, the nude models and the out-call girls that are advertised on flyers and in newspapers all over the city? Those advertisements enticingly suggest that you might purchase more than just companionship. They seem to suggest that sexual favors could be available. Be very careful! Every year, thousands of visitors to Las Vegas are robbed, cheated or assaulted by unscrupulous escorts or models. You are unlikely to seek protection from the police if you break the law by patronizing illegal prostitutes.

Bordello signs for legal brothels © Mike Leco / USATourist.com
If you are seeking legal prostitution in Nevada, you must drive at least sixty miles out of Las Vegas to find one of the state licensed brothels in Nye County.

If you are seeking legal prostitution

If you are seeking legal prostitution in Nevada, you must drive at least sixty miles out of Las Vegas to find one of the state licensed brothels in Nye County. The town of Pahrump, located 62 miles east of the city along route 160, is home to the Chicken Ranch and Sherri’s Ranch, two state licensed houses of prostitution. If you drive north on route 95 you will eventually pass near the Cherry Patch Ranch, Mabel’s Ranch, the Cottontail Ranch and a few other “ranches” featuring legal prostitution. There are several dozen more “ranches” in northern Nevada near Carson City and Reno.

All of these licensed bordellos are regulated by the state of Nevada. Their employees must submit to frequent medical examinations. You can be assured that none of these establishments would engage in fraud, deception or any illegal activity that might risk them loss of their state license.

How much does it cost? I can’t speak from personal experience, but I have heard that you must negotiate each transaction personally with the entertainer of your choice. Unless you have $300 to $500 minimum to spend, don’t bother going.

Sexually oriented entertainment

You can find plenty of erotic entertainment in Las Vegas. Many of the major casinos feature gala Las Vegas style shows that prominently feature scantily clad or semi-nude dancers and ribald entertainers. Typically, the adult reviews come in two versions. The early shows that begin around 8PM are usually more family oriented and reveal less naked flesh. The later productions that begin around 10PM typically feature topless dancers and show more nudity.

There are plenty of strip tease clubs and bars featuring exotic dancers in Las Vegas. Most of them are located near the northern part of Las Vegas Boulevard between Sands Rd. and Sahara Ave. Some are located to the west of the I-15 throughway and a few are in the downtown area. They typically feature topless dancers and fully nude dancers plus personal lap dances. All of them charge an admission fee of around $20, but drinks, lap dances and gratuities are extra.

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Sex clubs

In addition to the strip clubs, there are several gay and lesbian bars and clubs in Las Vegas. There are also some “swingers” clubs and a few other clubs catering to various erotic fetishes. The swingers clubs are establishments that provide a venue for sexual liaisons between couples and/or singles. They usually charge entry fees that are typically highest for unescorted males. In return, the swingers clubs provide an environment conducive to unrestrained sexual activity. The fetish clubs provide environments for the fulfillment of various non-traditional sexual activities.

The tourism agency for Las Vegas has promoted a slogan, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”. This implies that: in Las Vegas, you can engage in behaviors that you would not normally try at home and it will remain discrete. I suggest that you adopt the maxim: “Be careful!”

Written by: Mike Leco
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Photo Description: Bordello Signs