Coming Soon to Nevada: Male Prostitutes

Dec 17, 2009 • News, Politics, Sex Industry

Prostitution has been legal in the less densely populated areas of Nevada (i.e., outside Clark County) for almost 40 years. But the law, which stipulated that all sex workers have their cervices tested regularly for sexually transmitted illnesses (STIs), naturally excluded men, who don’t have a cervix.

So it was that prostitution was only legal in the Silver State for women.

Until recently, when the state Health Board approved a regulation to allow urethral testing for STIs in men.

Bobbi Davis, owner of the Shady Lady Ranch some 150 miles out of Las Vegas, is pushing to make Shady Lady the first brothel to offer men to customers. But it won’t be easy: Davis is going to need county approval first.

George Flint, the owner of a wedding chapel in Reno and a lobbyist for the Nevada Brothel Owners Association, knows there’s a big double standard hurdle here.

“I think the Legislature is really going to give me some heartburn over this,” he told the Associated Press after talking to the Nevada Health Board in Carson City to endorse the Davis’ proposal. “But I think [offering male prostitutes] it’s an inevitability.”

Information from the Associated Press and Your Tango, via @MelissaRowley.