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Prostitution Added to Gambling Age as Target for Las Vegas Taxes

Some polls show state residents would be more comfortable with legal hookers than lowering the age requirement for gambling.

Nevada politicians have already broached the subject of lowering the legal gambling age as a way to raise state revenues. Now some Las Vegas leaders might like to legalize prostitution in Clark County as well.

Hookers are allowed to ploy their trade in certain Nevada counties, but not in Clark, the location of Las Vegas and the vast majority of casinos, and therefore tourists. Now the Las Vegas Sun is reporting that state Senator Bob Coffin wants to tax the brothels already legal in the state, as well as allow prostitution in Las Vegas.

Some polls show state residents would be more comfortable with legal hookers than lowering the age requirement for gambling. But many casino interests would prefer the latter. Some, such as Wynn Resorts operator Steve Wynn, are on record as strenuously opposing legal prostitution. 

Wynn has been noted for throwing suspected hookers out of his establishment. On the other hand, perhaps he just wants to save the girls for the high rollers. After all, Joe Francis of Girls Gone Wild fame has accused Wynn of using hookers and booze to keep him gambling far past his budget.

Coffin points out the unspoken truth: that prostitution is already occurring throughout Las Vegas. The major difference would be the state would get its cut. Las Vegas mayor and mob attorney Oscar Goodman has pushed for legalizing prostitution both to raise revenue and protect consumers. Much like online gambling, the event is already happening, the only question is whether the state makes it safe.

Besides what would be a better fit than politicians openly playing the part of pimp?

Published on January 22, 2009 by PrestonLewis

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Posted by: Olaf FubWhen: 01/26/2009 11:21:43 AM EST
Might as well legalize it. Take a look at the phone book, more pages of escorts and entertainers than attorneys. City life back pages has columns of ads. Handbill brochures handed out on the strip, hundreds of offers. Craigslist-Las Vegas-Services-Erotic has pages and pages of ads. If you think there is no prostitution in Clark County, I have a bridge for sale, it goes from Aliante to Pahrump.