(Mat Luschek | News3 Las Vegas) – Running a brothel clearly brings certain levels of difficulty when it comes to social distancing regulations put in place by the state of Nevada.
Like many businesses in the state (and country), legal brothels have been hit with hard times. But one madam has found a way to get her girls back on their feet.
Madam Bella Cummins, the owner of Bella’s Hacienda legal brothel in Wells, Nevada, has obtained an escort license from the state.
“The brothel closures have wreaked havoc on the lives of Nevada’s legal sex workers,” Madam Bella said. “Even after many other businesses have been allowed to reopen, Governor Sisolak keeps our legal brothels shuttered and our licensed sex workers in dire financial straits.”
With an escort license, Madam Bella’s employees and customers are able to meet up, go out and spend time together, but they must stick to pandemic restrictions and are not allowed to have sex.
“All negotiations are for a lady’s time and companionship only,” Bella said. “Unfortunately, for the time being, my brothel is strictly a no-sex zone.” She added, “Now, clients can rekindle a relationship with their favorite courtesan and spend time out on the town with a sex worker while adhering to all of the necessary safety guidelines, such as appropriate social distancing and mask-wearing.”
The Madam has been letting some of her women live in the brothel rent-free, but after months of no revenue, she knew she had to do something.
“There’s a solution to every problem,” Bella said. “Keeping Nevada’s legal brothels shut down for an indefinite period and destroying the financial future of so many hard-working women wasn’t, and still isn’t, the right move. But we’re persisting and getting creative. The oldest profession will persevere against any and all odds.”
Nevada has been the only state in the U.S. to legalize prostitution in the form of licensed and regulated brothels.
Madam Bella founded the Onesta Foundation, a non-profit organization with a mission to support Nevada sex workers and advocate for prostitution legalization throughout the United States.