He added that “most of my clients have really confirmed my humanity. Clients have even told me that I made them feel seen, validated and cared for in a way they had never felt or felt in years – and that`s very important to me. Bigelsen acknowledges that not everyone involved in commercial sex trafficking can see themselves as victims, but she notes that much of the population remains vulnerable. Treating these people as criminals, as so many contemporary laws do, does no one any favours. Fear of arrest actively deters victims from seeking a “way out” in life and reinforces the coercion that their pimps and traffickers exert on them. And for those who say legalization improves public health, the fact is Nevada is among the top 10 states with the highest STD rates (we`re the top of the country for syphilis infections — primary and secondary). And STD controls in brothels punish the woman who is commercially exploited for sex, but not the men who buy the women for sex, or the brothel that sells her. In 1908, the government created the Bureau of Investigation (BOI, from 1935 the FBI) to investigate “white slavery” by interviewing brothel employees to find out if they had been kidnapped. Of the 1,106 prostitutes surveyed in one city, six said they had been victims of white slavery. The White-Slave Traffic Act (Mann Act) of 1910 outlawed so-called white slavery.
It also banned the interstate transportation of women for “immoral purposes.” Its stated primary intention was to tackle prostitution and perceived immorality. The Supreme Court later considered consensual debauchery, adultery and polygamy to be “immoral ends.” Before World War I, there were few laws criminalizing prostitutes or prostitution.  Proponents of decriminalization argue that lifting criminal penalties related to sex work creates a safer environment for sex workers and helps combat sex trafficking. Opponents of decriminalization argue that it will not prevent (or even could increase) human trafficking and could put sex workers at greater risk. Like the Sex Trade Survivors Justice & Equality Act, Salazar`s bill draws inspiration from European laws, particularly those of the Netherlands and Germany. Both countries legalized sex trafficking a few years after Sweden introduced its equality model – although laws and regulations vary from country to country and even district to district. For example, Germany has passed a law requiring any business providing sexual services to apply for a permit “which is only granted if health, hygiene and room requirements are met,” while Amsterdam limits window prostitution to certain areas of the city. Prostitution is not dangerous and dehumanizing because it is illegal. It`s illegal and it should remain illegal because it`s dangerous and dehumanizing. “I believe decriminalization will help improve working conditions for sex workers.
And that`s what I mean seriously,” he said. “When you think about it, we all use our bodies in one form or another in our work. Many of us are not as intimate or vulnerable as a sex worker, but certainly many jobs require our bodies to function. In 2007, Louisiana U.S. Senator David Vitter admitted to past misconduct after his name was given as a client of “DC Madame” Deborah Jeane Palfrey`s prostitution service in Washington.  Prostitution is illegal in the vast majority of the United States because of state laws, not federal laws. However, it is legal in some rural counties in the state of Nevada. However, prostitution also takes place elsewhere in the country. The federal government has long recognized the link between prostitution and the trafficking of women and children as a form of modern slavery.
In 2002, the President of the United States issued a national security policy stating that “the United States government shall oppose prostitution and all related activities, including pimping, pimping, or brothel maintenance” because such activities contribute to human trafficking. To do this, the sex industry normalizes prostitution by redefining it as “sex work” and saying it is work like any other. The industry preys on marginalized and vulnerable populations by offering prostitution as “work.” But prostitution inevitably leads to physical, emotional and psychological trauma. Eliot Spitzer resigned as governor of New York in 2008 after being threatened with impeachment after reports claimed he was a client of an international prostitution ring.  Get all the stories you need to know, from the most powerful name in the news every morning to your inbox Of course, proponents of the equality model have their arguments against complete decriminalization. Even in countries that have legalized prostitution, sex trafficking remains strongly linked to criminal activity. Prostituted women continue to be seen as pariahs – or, in the case of Amsterdam, tourist attractions. And like the legal sex trades of antiquity, contemporary examples have seen an increase in human trafficking to meet demand. Mainly poor women from poor countries.
In 2009, Rhode Island signed a law making prostitution a crime. Prior to this law, between 1980 and 2009, Rhode Island was the only U.S. state where prostitution was decriminalized as long as it took place indoors.  (See prostitution in Rhode Island). In the 19th century, salon brothels catered to upper-class clientele, while seedy houses served the lower class. In concert halls, men could eat, listen to music, watch a fight, or pay women for sex. There were over 200 brothels in Lower Manhattan. Prostitution was illegal under vagrant laws, but was not well enforced by police and municipal officials bribed by brothel owners and madams.
Attempts to regulate prostitution have been crushed on the grounds that regulation would be contrary to the public good. Nevada is the only state in the Union that allows commercialized prostitution. Nevada has allowed brothel operations since the 1800s (see: Mining – Gold Rush); However, the first state-sanctioned brothel was not operational until 1971, when the Storey County Commission authorized the Mustang Ranch brothel. After that, the legislature authorized prostitution or solicitation of prostitution in Nevada in designated brothels licensed by a county. State law currently allows counties with fewer than 700,000 residents to issue licenses. (See: NRS 244.345(8).) “This legislation protects the human rights of survivors of buyers` wishes,” she said. “I have been working with prostitutes for over seven years and I see the harm, substance use disorders, complex PTSD and debris that prostitution has caused in the lives of the people we support and in mine. We have worked with more than 400 prostitutes and we see neither liberation nor freedom. We see violence and devastation. A long list of organizations, including Amnesty International and the World Health Organization, have expressed support for some form of legalization.
Currently, Nevada is the only U.S. jurisdiction that allows legal prostitution — in the form of regulated brothels — the terms of which are set forth in Nevada`s revised laws. Only eight counties currently contain active brothels. All forms of prostitution are illegal in these counties: Clark (which includes the Las Vegas-Paradise metropolitan area), Washoe (which includes Reno), Carson City, Douglas, Eureka, Lincoln & Pershing. The other counties theoretically allow prostitution in brothels, but three of these counties do not currently have active brothels. Street prostitution, “pimping” and living off a prostitute`s income remain illegal under Nevada law, as they do elsewhere in the country. Although informal, red-light districts can be found in some parts of the country. Since prostitution is illegal, there are no official brothels, but massage parlors offering prostitution can be found with street prostitution. Typically, these areas also have other adult-oriented businesses, often due to zoning, such as strip clubs, sex shops, adult cinemas, adult video arcades, peep shows, sex shows, and sex clubs. In an effort to make the industry safer, proponents have put forward various policy proposals.
Both NCOSE and SWP support decriminalizing the sale of prostitution, but differ on whether buyers should also be prosecuted. At a recent rally in Albany to repeal a law criminalizing loitering for prostitution, former sex workers stood alongside lawmakers such as Senator Ramos and Rep. Richard N. Gottfried, chairman of the Health Committee. Nevada is the only U.S. jurisdiction that allows legal prostitution. Currently, eight of Nevada`s seventeen counties have active brothels (all are rural counties); As of February 2018, there were 21 brothels in Nevada.  Prostitution outside of licensed brothels is illegal throughout Nevada. Prostitution is illegal in the large metropolitan areas of Las Vegas, Reno and Carson City, where the majority of the population lives; More than 90% of Nevada citizens live in a county where prostitution is illegal.