(Sam Metz | Associated Press) – Deanna L. Forbush, an attorney representing Pahrump’s Chicken Ranch brothel, said preventing legal brothels from reopening was prejudicial and unconstitutional. She compared them to other “skin to skin” businesses that have reopened, mentioning massage parlors, spas, and dentists’ offices.
“Just like dental professionals, our customers, employees and contractors are required to wear masks and other PPE at all times,” she said.
She said the state wasn’t following through on its pledge to follow the science and claimed, if they were, brothels would open.
“Decision-makers cannot allow their own individual prejudices or moral judgments to discriminate against businesses by applying different standards to similar industries,” she said.
Storey County Commissioner Lance Gilman, who owns Mustang Ranch brothel, said there was no evidence brothel activity spread the virus more quickly than other businesses that have reopened. He said continued closures threatened the livelihoods of brothel workers and contractors and punished an important pillar of the Storey County community.
“We have received no feedback of any kind on why this business continues to remain closed. It is not a business that encourages congregation or large crowds,” he said.