Nevada AG Appeals Ruling Against Laws Banning Brothel Ads

Nevada's attorney general has appealed a federal court ruling that overturned a ban on advertising by legal brothels in the state's largest cities and other areas that prohibit the bordellos.

Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto's appeal, filed in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, challenges last month's ruling by U.S. District Judge James Mahan, who declared two 1979 state laws against such ads as overly broad and unconstitutional.

The laws prohibited brothels from advertising in newspapers and leaflets and on billboards in places such as Clark County, which encompasses Las Vegas, and in Washoe County, which takes in Reno.

Prostitution is illegal in both counties and in three other Nevada counties.

Ten other counties authorize prostitution by local ordinance, and the state's remaining two counties have nothing on the books one way or the other.