Officials in Las Vegas, afraid that Conforte would use the same technique to open a brothel nearby, convinced the legislature, in 1971, to pass a law prohibiting the legalization of prostitution in counties with a population above a certain threshold, tailored to apply only to Clark County.In 1977, county officials in Nye County tried to shut down Walter Plankinton's Chicken Ranch as a public nuisance; brothels did not have to be licensed in that county at the time, and several others were operating.And if necessary, we will champion your case all the way to trial. Fw-300 #ya-qn-sort h2 /* Breadcrumb */ #ya-question-breadcrumb #ya-question-breadcrumb i #ya-question-breadcrumb a #bc .ya-q-full-text, .ya-q-text #ya-question-detail h1 html[lang="zh-Hant-TW"] .ya-q-full-text, html[lang="zh-Hant-TW"] .ya-q-text, html[lang="zh-Hant-HK"] .ya-q-full-text, html[lang="zh-Hant-HK"] .ya-q-text html[lang="zh-Hant-TW"] #ya-question-detail h1, html[lang="zh-Hant-HK"] #ya-question-detail h1 #Stencil . Currently seven out of Nevada's 16 counties have active brothels (these are all rural counties). Prostitution is illegal under state law in Clark County (which contains Las Vegas), and under county or municipal law in Carson City (an independent city), Douglas County, Eureka County, Lincoln County, Pershing County and Washoe County (which contains Reno).The other 10 Nevada counties permit licensed brothels in certain specified areas or cities.Brothels have existed in Nevada since the old mining days of the 1800s and were first licensed in 1971.
Incorporated towns and cities in counties that allow prostitution may regulate the trade further or prohibit it altogether.
In 1951, both Reno and Las Vegas had closed their red-light districts as public nuisances, but brothels continued to exist throughout the state.
In 1971, Joe Conforte, owner of a brothel called Mustang Ranch, near Reno, managed to convince county officials to pass an ordinance which would provide for the licensing of brothels and prostitutes, thus avoiding the threat of being closed down as a public nuisance.
Strictly regulated brothels operate legally in mainly isolated rural areas, away from the majority of Nevada's population.
Prostitution is illegal in the following counties: Clark (which contains Las Vegas), Douglas, Eureka County, Lincoln, Pershing County and Washoe (which contains Reno).