sex workers

Bree Zender

I’m at one of the few places in Nevada where you’re not likely to find a local: The Las Vegas Strip. And I’ve got a quiz for the tourists here. 

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

When you think of brothels, lots of ideas may come up. Some may be based on personal experiences, while others are based on stereotypes. A new book from University of Nevada, Reno researchers aims to look at how stigmas surrounding sex work affect the workers themselves.

Nevada sex workers have launched a campaign to support Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey has more.

Calling themselves "Hookers For Hillary," about 500 sex workers employed by notorious pimp Dennis Hof are backing Clinton.

"She is a woman and it's time that we have a woman in the office,” says Ivy May, who works at the Love Ranch outside Carson City.