With a Federal government shutdown looming, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has another plan in mind: Shut down legal brothels in his home State.
Nevada is the only State in America where the sale of sex is legal, and prostitution is allowed in counties that have less than 400,000 residents. According to media reports, 10 rural counties in the Silver State have brothels, which are buildings that house prostitutes.
"Parents don't want their children to look out of a school bus and see a brothel, or live in a State with the wrong kind of red lights," Reid said on Feb. 22.
However, Reid's efforts have garnered little support from his colleagues. Not only have State lawmakers scoffed at his unusual request — Assemblyman Pete Goicoechea (R-Eureka) told Politico.com that "everybody is just kind of laughing up their sleeve about it" — but the other Nevada Senator has also dismissed Reid's proposed brothel ban.
Senator John Ensign (R-Nev.) told KTNV-TV that prostitution is a "county by county issue," and these laws should not be enacted by State or Federal lawmakers.