Reid Calls for End to Legal Prostitution

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Reid Calls for End to Legal Prostitution

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Sen. Harry Reid addresses a joint session of the Nevada Legislature Tuesday.

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Addressing a joint session of the state legislature, the US majority leader told a story about a businessman considering moving his company to Storey County, but who was shocked that prostitution was a key industry there.

Sen. Reid: "If we want to attract business to Nevada that puts people back to work, the time has come to outlaw prostitution."

He got no applause after his big line, though there was a bit of clapping when he first started speaking of prostitution's ills.

But Dennis Hof, owner of the Moonlite Bunnyranch just outside Carson City says the brothels are huge components of rural county budgets. He also says illegal prostitution comes with a cost.

Dennis Hof: "You can spend $10 Million a year policing vice like Las Vegas and not do a good job or you can spend zero." 

At a meeting with reporters, I tried to get the Senator to explain why he didn't raise this issue long ago when he was in the state legislature.

Rittiman: "Has this been on your radar screen before?"

Sen. Reid: "Next question."