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.
, Associate Prof, Dept of Sociology, UNLV
; co-founder, Sex and Body Industry Research Project
, Ph.D. student, Dept of Sociology, UNLV
, 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