prostitution

Michelle Billman

A former sex worker filed a federal lawsuit this week against the state of Nevada, saying that she was trafficked through the state’s legal brothel system. Her pro-bono lawyer, Jason Guinasso, alleges that recruiting workers and clients to go to Nevada brothels is in direct violation with the federal Mann Act, which makes it a felony to transport people over state lines for "any sexual activity for which any person can be charged with a criminal offense.” 

Bree Zender

Dennis Hof, Nevada Assembly candidate and owner of several legal brothels in Nevada, has died. He was 72. 

Our Town Reno: Homeless Prostitute Strives For A Better Life

Jul 19, 2018
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Our Town Reno

A 24-year-old woman, who goes by the name Legendary Baby Bleu, has been a prostitute in Reno since she was 16 when she was attending Hug High School. Last year, she decided to leave an apartment she shared with her ex-boyfriend and she became homeless. Today, she shares her experience of trying to leave prostitution behind and the difficulties she has encountered on the streets.

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Among gaming, tourism and tech, another industry is booming within the shadows in northern Nevada.

A new report from the Human Sex Trafficking Initiative shows that the commercial sex industry is thriving in Reno, which impacts communities from Lake Tahoe to Fernley.

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This week, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas is starting a three-year, $600,000 research project to interview human trafficking victims ages 18 to 24.

Alexis Kennedy is a criminal justice professor at UNLV and will be conducting the interview. She says when victims are identified, they need an extensive web of services even after they age out of the system, including counseling, housing, and mentors.

"You can't live in the traumatic circumstance of being a trafficking victim and then, the second you turn 18, you're a healthy, functioning adult," says Kennedy. "