(Miranda Willson | Las Vegas Sun) – Nye County will not tighten the hours when legal prostitutes are permitted to leave licensed brothels, according to the latest draft of a proposed amended ordinance on the county’s prostitution rules.
An earlier version of the draft ordinance would have prohibited legal prostitutes in Nye County from leaving brothels for more than six hours within a 10-day period and outside the hours of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. If they failed to follow that rule, the county would have required them to re-test for venereal diseases and HIV, which legal prostitutes must already do weekly under Nevada law.
The latest version of the proposed changes reverts to the current language in place, which says that prostitutes in Nye County cannot leave brothels for more than 24 hours at a time without retesting. All medical testing costs are incurred by prostitutes.
The decision to keep the current language came from the County Manager’s Office, said county spokesperson Arnold Knightly. The county received criticism from some sex workers and advocates and on social media about the previously proposed changes, Knightly said.
“We saw feedback and concerns, and we rejected the (proposed) language,” he said.