Reno, Nev. – Earlier this week, a federal lawsuit filed by anti-brothel proponent Jason Guinasso in February 2019, was dismissed in United States District Court.
The World-Famous Mustang Ranch had filed to intervene in the lawsuit which aimed to criminalize prostitution throughout Nevada, arguing that legal brothels were allowing sex trafficking to flourish throughout the state. The court denied this and other claims and granted the motion to dismiss. Below is a statement from Lance Gilman, a real estate developer and the owner of Mustang Ranch:
“We are extremely pleased that the United States District Court deemed this lawsuit baseless and without merit and, as such, dismissed it.
“However, we are equally frustrated at the persistent and reckless attempts by Mr. Guinasso to ban Nevada’s historic brothel industry through incendiary allegations that are steeped in moral judgement rather than facts and education. This was a complete waste and misuse of taxpayer dollars and, from the very get go, appears to have been done for political gain rather than the establishment of sound policy.
“Our foremost priority at the Mustang Ranch is the health and safety of the women that work in this industry and the guests that visit our establishment. Sex trafficking is a very serious and personal issue for us and we are firmly committed to being an integral part of the solution to address it.
“It is unfortunate that, rather than work with us to ensure the safety and opportunity of these women, Mr. Guinasso and others have continued to persecute the industry and the women that work in it.
“Likewise, the significant amounts of time and resources that have been wasted on inflammatory lawsuits and desperate ballot initiatives, could of and should have been spent developing solutions to get women off the streets and out of the hands of predators.
“Our invitation to earnestly learn about us and work with us remains open, not just to Mr. Guinasso, but to anyone who is interested to work with us to ensure Nevada’s brothels are run in a safe, responsible and upstanding manner.”