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Nev. Sen. Reid says it's time to ban brothels

Sen. Harry Reid is calling for a ban on brothels, saying Nevada should be about new ideas, not the 'oldest profession.'

February 22, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Sen. Harry Reid is calling for a ban on houses of prostitution, saying the state of Nevada should be about new ideas, not the "oldest profession."

Reid made the remarks before a joint session of the state's Legislature, with brothel members and prostitutes in attendance.

Reid says legalized prostitution is preventing businesses from relocating to Nevada.

"We should do everything we can to make sure the world hold Nevada in the same high regard you and I do," Reid said. "If we want to attract business to Nevada that puts people back to work, the time has come to outlaw prostitution."

One prostitute called Reid's remarks offensive, saying the senator should be proud of the way Nevada's brothels regulate the sex industry.

In his autobiography, Reid, a Mormon, wrote about growing up in the mining hamlet of Searchlight, Nev., and learning to swim in the pool at a bordello. His mother took in laundry from the 13 brothels around town.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.