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Thursday, February 1, 2007

Las Vegas THEN & NOW

Then: In 1905 Las Vegas prostitution moved to the red light district, or Block 16 as it was called, catering mostly to railroad employees. But sex for sale had already been around for at least fifty years in Nevada.

Now: Legal prostitution (note emphasis) was outlawed in Clark County, the home of Las Vegas, since 1971. In a bold move to lock out all competitors to the casinos, the state legislature outlawed prostitution in every county with a population exceeding 250,000. That meant Las Veas became off limits.

It’s still legal to peddle sex in nearby counties such as Nye where the world famous Chicken Ranch and Sheri’s Ranch, a half-mile up the road, run a brisk trade.

(Check out THIEF! for Slick's inside scoop on The Chicken Ranch and Sheri's Ranch.)

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