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Nevada lawmaker set to revive brothel ban debate

Posted at 9:50 AM, Feb 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-28 12:50:09-05

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — One Nevada lawmaker is preparing to revive an old fight to end Nevada's legal brothel industry.

Republican state Sen. Joe Hardy says brothels have no place in the state and attract women with few economic options who get stuck in an abusive industry.

Hardy plans legislation that would ban brothels in the only state where they are legal. He acknowledges the bill might lack support among colleagues who see the brothels as an economic boon for rural counties.

Sex workers and other backers of the brothels say they're ready to fight the measure.

Democrats who control the governor's mansion and statehouse won't comment on whether they will back Hardy's effort.