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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Las Vegas--Then & Now continued

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 been around for at least fifty years in Nevada.

NOW: Legal prostitution was outlawed in Clark County, the home of Las Vegas, since 1971. 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. (Chicken Ranch brothel in Pahrump, NV featured above.)

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