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The State of Sex: A Look Inside Nevada's Brothels
The State of Sex: A Look Inside Nevada's Brothels

AIR DATE: May 13, 2010

Nevada is the only state where prostitution is legal. Brothels sit in the rural areas far outside Las Vegas and range in size from resorts to just a few trailers. But what really goes on in brothels? Is prostitution a form of servitude... or independence? Why did some women leave behind college and other full-time jobs to work there? A team of UNLV researchers sat down with prostitutes, brothel owners and managers and got the inside story. They even spent the night in one brothel. What did women say about their clients or the rules of the house? And how did working in a brothel compare to working on the streets?

The authors of The State of Sex: Tourism, Sex and Sin in the New American Heartland (Contemporary Sociological Perspectives) sit down for a deep discussion. Call or e-mail with your questions: 258-3552 or

Barb Brents, Associate Prof, Dept of Sociology, UNLV; co-founder, Sex and Body Industry Research Project
Crystal Jackson, Ph.D. student, Dept of Sociology, UNLV
Kate Korgan, Sr Assoc Dean of the Graduate College, and tenured faculty, Dept of Sociology, and faculty affiliate in Women's Studies, Cultural Studies and Asian Studies, UNLV; co-founder, Sex and Body Industry Research Project

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STDs (known as STIs now) are much better controlled in paid environments than in random hook-ups at the bar
Jennifer RMay 17, 2010 19:21:26 PM
I've always been intrigued by the history of prostitution in Southern Nevada. It is significant that Oscar Goodman has talked about attempting to get it legalized for Clark County. I'm curious if there have been studies done on having regulated prostitution affecting the spread of STDs. That if it were regulated, taxed and monitored in a controlled environment if the spread of STDs would be better controlled.
Russell DavisMay 11, 2010 09:51:16 AM
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