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Sen. Reid: Nevada has the 'Wrong Red Lights'

Nevada Sen. Harry Reid has one of the world's oldest professions in his sights: prostitution.

In an address to the Nevada legislature Tuesday, Reid said, "Parents don't want their children to look out of a school bus and see a brothel. Or live in a state with the wrong kind of red lights."

"Let's have an adult conversation about an adult subject," he said.

The call for reform shocked some in the gallery, which included brothel owners, industry lobbyists, and working girls who had traveled to the statehouse from rural brothels.

In his autobiography, Reid writes about his mother washing laundry for the more than a dozen brothels around his hometown of Searchlight. The industry has been a part of the state's economic landscape since the 1970s....that is a licensed part of the landscape.

However, yesterday Reid said, in the future, he hopes that when Americans think about Nevada "[they] think about the world's newest ideas and newest careers, not about its oldest profession."

Brooke Taylor, a prostitute at the Bunny Ranch brothel said seh felt Reid's speech was "offensive" and suggested Reid should be proud of the way the state's brothels regulate the sex industry.

Reid's remarks were part of a larger message about job creation and economic growth, but in a state known for gambling, Elvis-themed wedding chapels and sex-for- money... economic image-revamping would take decades.

The sex industry is also a big money maker for the localities that allow it. And state lawmakers know that when it comes to state politics, money often sells better than sex.

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Comments on this post

# RE: Sen. Reid: Nevada has the 'Wrong Red Lights'

As a Nevada resident for 40 years, 35 as a conservative Christian, and living much of that time in counties where prostitution is legal, I hear these remarks with curiousness. Reid definitely has the wrong red lights in his sights. We learned today that Planned Parenthood is planning an assault, uh, lobby-fest on our legislature in March to get legislation passed that all sex-education curriculum in public schools be according to Planned Parenthood standards. We didn't hear THAT on the evening news, only Reid's queer remarks about getting rid of prostitution.
Left by slnv on Feb 24, 2011 6:57 PM

# RE: Sen. Reid: Nevada has the 'Wrong Red Lights'

There has to be a landfill somewhere to keep the other areas clean.
We all need a toilet. Let's try and keep it in one state.
Left by Ryes on Feb 24, 2011 11:45 PM