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Pandemic makes prostitution taboo in Nevada’s legal brothels

In this 2020 photo provided by Alice Little, sex worker Alice Little poses for a picture in...
In this 2020 photo provided by Alice Little, sex worker Alice Little poses for a picture in Bend, Ore. Little was working at the Moonlite Bunny Ranch brothel in Carson City, Nev., until it was closed, along with other legal bordellos in Nevada, under the governor's coronavirus restrictions. (Alice Little via AP)(Alice Little | AP)
Published: Feb. 20, 2021 at 10:23 AM PST
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — - Before the coronavirus pandemic, tourist-dependent Nevada had a notorious attraction: It was the only place in America where someone could legally pay for sex.

These days, even in the state known for sin, the business is taboo.

Legal brothels have been shuttered for nearly a year, leaving sex workers to offer less-lucrative alternatives like online dates or nonsexual escort services.

While the business of legal bordellos may seem incompatible with social distancing, sex workers and brothel owners say they should be allowed to reopen with protective measures like other close-contact industries, including massage therapy and dental services.

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