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No. Under NRS 244, 345, brothels are illegal in Las Vegas and throughout all of Clark County. In fact, Nevada prostitution laws forbid any form of trading sex for money in Las Vegas and throughout Clark County.
Nevada permits prostitution only in licensed brothels. Currently, only seven Nevada counties have legal, licensed brothels. These counties are:
Three other counties do not outlaw prostitution; however, they have currently have no licensed brothels where legal prostitution may occur. These counties are:
Nevada state law prohibits prostitution in counties with 700,000 or more residents, which disqualifies Clark County (including Las Vegas). Additionally, the county governments of Douglas, Lincoln, Eureka, Pershing, and Washoe Counties (including Reno) have also outlawed prostitution. Prostitution is also illegal in Carson City.
In an effort to safeguard public health and safety, the Nevada brothel system is heavily regulated. A sampling of the rules that licensed brothels must follow are the following:
Currently, there are about 21 legal brothels in Nevada. The nearest ones to Las Vegas are in Pahrump (in Nye County).
People convicted of selling sexual favors for money face a Nevada misdemeanor charge of:
Customers (“johns”) convicted of paying for sexual favors face harsher penalties for each successive conviction.
A first-time conviction of paying for sex is punished as a misdemeanor, carrying:
A second-time conviction of paying for sex is punished as a gross misdemeanor, carrying:
A third-time conviction of paying for sex is also punished as a gross misdemeanor, carrying:
Prostitution becomes a category B felony if the defendant knew he/she had HIV. The sentence is:
People convicted of misdemeanor prostitution in Nevada must wait no less than one (1) year after the case ends to get their criminal record sealed. And prostituting with HIV carries a five (5) year waiting period to get a record seal. But if the charge gets dismissed, the defendant can pursue a record seal right away.
Note that the solicitation of prostitution is punished identically to prostitution. So, offering to trade sex for cash carries the same sentence as actually going through with the trade.
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