(Alice Little) – My name is Alice Little. I’m the top booking lady at the Moonlite Bunny Ranch and I’d like to talk to you about a movement that was started in the local community to close the brothels in Lyon County.
The movement claims to want to protect and liberate legal sex workers under the assumption that we are helpless, trafficked by pimps and participating in the adult industry against our will. The movement was originally started by a group called “No Little Girl” (the idea being that “no little girl” dreams of being a sex worker when she grows up).
To try to gain momentum for their political movement, they have canvassed churches, attended county functions and posted horrible ads that imply that legal sex workers are pieces of meat to be bought and sold.
I want to start by telling you this group has never — not once — tried coming to the ranch to talk to the ladies and ask them about the working conditions there. This entire campaign is simply fueled by questionable religious morality, society’s stigma about sex, and misinformation.
It’s illegal sex work that exploits children. It’s illegal sex work that traffics. It’s illegal sex work that sees women exploited and abused by pimps. The irony is that the legal system these people are trying to attack actually creates a safe haven from the dangers of the illegal industry. The idea that a group that wants to advocate for the “rights” of women by taking away their right to work and trying to tell them who they may or may not choose to be physically intimate with is irony that borders on deranged.
The legal sex work industry not only solves more problems than it creates, we are among the largest taxpayers in our county and frequently make donations and create events for the local community, including funding the Dayton Dog Park, charitably supporting the Boys and Girls Club and advocating for positive change in our community. We are involved, intelligent, conscientious citizens, not pieces of meat.
Has it really been so long since the 18th Amendment and Prohibition that those who believe their morality should be forced on others forget that when you make basic human behaviors and proclivities illegal, you only create crime? Making alcohol illegal only created speakeasies, mobsters and dangerous moonshine. Making brothel work illegal only creates illegal massage parlors, violent pimps and unsafe sexual practices.
Consider that porn is legal almost everywhere in the United States and that it is simply consensual sex between adults with money involved in front of a camera. Taking away the camera doesn’t magically change what is going on. What is going on is safe, consensual, documented sex between adults.
Nevadans are forward thinkers. We recognize that industries like gambling and recreational marijuana create less negative social impacts when they are legalized and regulated. Does anyone really think that if we made recreational marijuana illegal tomorrow, people would stop using it? You would simply create crime again and deny the revenue and positive social impact that is so crucial to help mitigate any negatives brought about by legalization. This is no different.
Legal brothels are heavily regulated; every woman is of age, is there of her own free will, and tested weekly after being registered with the sheriff’s department. Are some of the ladies survivors of abuse or trafficking? I haven’t personally heard stories, but given that literally every other state of the union forces women underground into an illegal industry, is it really that surprising?
The question in front of us is whether or not Nevada’s legal, regulated system creates more problems than it solves, and given that myself and my co-workers are happy, healthy, voluntarily employed and not being exploited, what are we really accomplishing here?
The momentum of this group’s petition has forced the commissioners to place an advisory question on the local ballot as to whether or not the legal brothels should remain open. It is fully within the purview of the commissioners to close down the brothels once that issue is voted on, so I would urge anyone who really believes that we are being exploited to talk to the girls and hear in their own words how they are treated by the legal, regulated system and if it needs to be dismantled.
We offer free tours at the ranches and will jump at the opportunity to show you that our facilities are clean, professional and regulated – and never mistreat or exploit the ladies who choose to work there.
Being against the closing of the brothels does not mean we are for sex trafficking. That makes no sense. A legal regulated system prevents exploitation; it doesn’t encourage it.
Don’t cost the county millions in tax revenue and compromise the safety of legal county residents. Please vote “NO” on Lyon County Question 1.
Alice Little is a sex worker at the Moonlite Bunny Ranch in Mound House