Equality has prevailed… Nevada’s brothels may soon be hiring male sex workers.
Men may now join the ranks of Nevada’s brothel prostitutes, after a unanimous decision Friday to amend the state’s health codes in order for men to legally work as prostitutes, reports the Las Vegas Sun.
But the Nevada State Board of Health agreed unanimously to add language to health codes so male sex workers could be tested for infectious diseases.
Bobbi Davis, owner of the Shady Lady Ranch, a small brothel near Beatty, made the first-ever request to have urethral exams included in the health guidelines. That allows male sex workers to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases.
Davis wants to add male prostitutes to her stable of sex workers, and said the men could start working at her five-bed brothel starting in the new year. The male prostitutes will decide for themselves whether to accept male or female clients, or both.
Long time lobbyist for the Nevada Brothel Owners Association, and former Assemblies of God Minister, George Flint, compared this change to the “Pearl Harbor” of the sex industry.
Flint says he’s concerned that male prostitutes will ruin the relatively clean record Nevada brothels have had with the transmission of HIV from prostitutes to clients.
Nevada is the only U.S. state to allow some legal prostitution; in most of its rural counties brothels are legalized but heavily regulated. Prostitution is illegal in Las Vegas (and in Clark County which contains its metropolitan area), and is also illegal outside the licensed brothels.