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Harry’s Against Hookers: He Says Go Green Instead

February 22, 2011 by

Senate majority leader Harry Reid learned to swim at a whorehouse in Searchlight Nevada, a tiny mining town located an hour or so southwest of Las Vegas. There were 13 brothels operating when Reid was a kid and the future senator’s mother did laundry for the working girls. Sunday morning would come and go without notice in Searchlight, there wasn’t a single church. Miners displayed their preferences and the market responded.

Today there are two dozen legal brothels operating in ten rural counties in Nevada and Senator Reid believes they should be closed. “If we want to attract business to Nevada that puts people back to work, the time has come for us to outlaw prostitution,” Reid said in an address to the Legislature.

Talk of shutting down Nevada’s brothels has been circulating for weeks. Some insiders believe that it’s the retirement of bordello lobbyist George Flynt along with the unwanted attention that HBO’s “Cathouse:The Series” has brought to the state that has state legislators ready to lock the doors and run out the whores. “Cathouse” is filmed at Dennis Hof’s Moonlite BunnyRanch located not so far from the capitol steps.

Hof was on hand for Reid’s speech with eight of his employees in tow. “Harry Reid will have to pry the cat house keys from my cold dead hands,” he told the media.

When the nation thinks about Nevada, Reid said, “it should think about the world’s newest ideas and newest careers – not about its oldest profession.” Reid touted renewable energy instead saying, “the future of our economy depends on it and so does the future of our environment and our national security.”

Harry, there’s a reason it’s the oldest profession.


HL February 22, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Yes, the future depends on clean energy that consumes more energy to produce than it produces. lol

There has to be some political machination at foot for Harry to turn on the whores.

Fephisto February 22, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Or Harry was left with some broken feelings.

Iain February 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm

How will you help the economy by taking one group’s livelihood away and another group’s recreation?

Freedom Fighter February 24, 2011 at 11:15 pm

If you want to have a good time, there is a nice store on Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas, that let’s you try anything you want for about a buck a pop. Plus you leave with a smile and you won’t risk catching STD’s.

Who needs the oldest profession when you can practice the second oldest profession safely with goggles and ear muffs and professional clerks that tend to your needs.

josh t February 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm

And I’m sure these girls are now going to stop prostituting right? Sounds like a great way to make more people into criminals. What is wrong with some of these guys?

iawai February 22, 2011 at 8:26 pm

…and create more revenue for the state, its courts, and its vice-gestapo.

If anything Reid is only doing this to implicitly say: “Look brothel owners, Flynt isn’t filling my pocketbook anymore. If you all want to keep a good thing going, you’ll pick up the slack.”

Mrsrobinson2010 July 18, 2011 at 9:08 am

The only way to take away someones civil rights is to CRIMINALIZE THEM. Once these women get 1 conviction for prostitution, they can never get a real job again, nor get fair housing, as nobody will rent to them. Its a from of punishment, clear discrimination and we even encourage society that hate crimes against these women are OK, and then we wonder why are kids are bullies?
We recently had 2 teachers fired, even though they had never been arrested as 1 use to escort in college and the other did porn 16 years ago, yet if your GOVERNOR SPITZNER do not get prosecuted and got your own CNN show.
If your a man you can go to JOHN school and pay a fine and not have a record at all. We also have these stupid laws that say no organization who does not totally oppose all forms of prostitution can’t get federal funds, so this stops ANY SERVICES for these women, to include services for women who want to exit the industry but won’t want to become homeless as they do.
What happened to seperating CHURCH FROM STATE, more sexual abuse happens in CHURCHES to KIDS and nobody is stalking the priests
We are also creating stupid laws that HARM these teen that are really being exploited by their boyfriends. They don’t’ want to prosecute these teens who runaway and are ungovernable, so all teens now know they can run off with a pimp and not get in trouble. Utah passed a law that said if you get caught with a hooker who is under age you will have to pay a 10,000 fine. So what I hear is if you have 10,000 you can have sex with kids.
The cops are also arresting escorts without any real evidence as they came up with a charge called suspicion of prostitution, so they will take another persons word that they paid a women for sex and then get a search warrant and kick in the door to her home with a SWAT TEAM. Yet if I call the cops and tell them my husband beat me and am black and blue when the cops get there, they say they can’t do anything without a WITNESS.
Perhaps we should cerate a law and arrest politicians out of suspicions….LOL

Rebecca Noel February 22, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Harry Reid is out of his mind….I think he’s just grandstanding to get attention….The people most vocal against something usually end up being the ones secretly engaged in what they are protesting. I think prostitution should be legal in all 50 states…not just Nevada. We’re not in the middle ages anymore…sex is something we should all be comfortable with and enjoy by now…The laws about prostitution are more about control and keeping people in an anti-ecstatic society.

coturnix19 February 23, 2011 at 12:01 am

I don’t thikk middle-age people were so asexual…. imo those asexual traditions come from 16-19th century, before that things were much better in this respect. Some say syphilis brought from americas by columbus is to blame.

Mrsrobinson2010 July 18, 2011 at 8:48 am

And just think NY and many other states have created laws that women can be arrested for carrying condoms, great way to promote safe sex.

Freedom Fighter February 24, 2011 at 11:17 pm

Hence the need to vent off at the best store in Las Vegas on Tropicana Avenue.

God Bless America !!!

Mrsrobinson2010 July 18, 2011 at 8:54 am

I wish someone would ask Harry what he thinks of some recent events.
Lowell MA a cop was arrested for raping a street hooker, and another case in CA. We have 2 ex cops in fl who exploited 2 minors, we have the Long ISLAND SERIAL KILLER. Or how about the case where the NY maid was sexually assaulted by the French man. They as his DNA in the womens mouth, pulled him off a plane trying to leave the US and gave him a million dollar bond and took away his passport and as soon as they found out the maid had turned tricks with other hotel guest, they gave him his million dollar bond back and his passport even though a women from his home country came forward saying he did the same thing to her years ago, and she wasn’t a hooker.
So who many women are exploited raped and abused by cops in the USA on a daily basis. They know the women can’t report it, or they can be prosecuted.

DD5 February 22, 2011 at 5:44 pm

The brothel industry in Nevada is heavily regulated. It is no free market. These brothels are enjoying special state granted monopoly privileges by licensing and strict rules with respect to the freedom of the women employed in this industry. For example, it is illegal for such a working girl to see any of her clients privately and discretely. It is basically illegal for here to be her own pimp. You see, who says HBO’s “Cathouse” isn’t educational?

Mrsrobinson2010 July 18, 2011 at 8:47 am

Thats because the brothel gets to take half the girls money, so the only place a women can legally escort is in a brothel that takes half her earnings. No other profession has to give half their earnings away and then still pay taxes. That sounds more like exploiting women that the independent escorts who are being stalked online by LE. But at least the girl get to choose.

Ned Netterville February 22, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Dear Doug French, Thank you for not prefacing your comment with, “Not that I frequent them myself…” I doubt you do, but that is entirely immaterial to your point. I believe prostitution has negative consequences seldom fully understood by both prostitutes and johns, but those who partake in the practice have a right to do so, which is on par with my right to express my opinion here and elsewhere without tax or intimidation. Harry Reid would be more appreciative of his youthful swimming benefactors if he though it would buy him more votes.

bagoh20 February 22, 2011 at 7:39 pm

I don’t know how he looked as a young one, but now Harry is the ugliest whore I’ve ever seen and that’s saying a lot. His attitude seems to be: I got mine. Now, the hell with rest of you whores.

Jim P. February 22, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Harry says, “You ladies haven’t paid your protection money. Get a (skilled, female) lobbyist with a campaign donation and we’ll talk.”

tlpalmer February 22, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Isn’t “(skilled, female)” assuming?

Walt D. February 22, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Harry is in charge of what is probably the world’s largest whorehouse – the Senate.

Lee February 22, 2011 at 10:57 pm

I resent that insult to whorehouses.

Walt D. February 23, 2011 at 4:33 am

You are right – at least in the whorehouse the customer always comes first.

Kabal February 23, 2011 at 4:40 am


Lee February 23, 2011 at 5:50 am

And the girls EARN their pay.

BuckeyeChuck February 23, 2011 at 11:05 am

Even better, the money changes hands freely, with the customer surrendering consideration without coercion. I am not free to stop paying my taxes, nor am I satisfied after the transaction.

HL February 23, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Oh my, that is the current front runner for the slightly off-color blog comment of 2011. Thank you.

Freedom Fighter February 24, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Walt D. that was absolutely hilarious LOL !!!! Comes first, get it, LOL !!!

Rick February 23, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Right, scapegoat the two dozen brothels for Nevada’s economic troubles. That’s why it’s so messed up in NV… it’s the sex! What’s next in Reid’s utopia, ban casinos? because those aren’t “family friendly” either. What planet does this guy live on?

This strikes me as a cynical attempt to convince the tea party that he’s really a swell democrat after all and to show the corporate crowd that NV is “modern”. I doubt it will work, but who knows? With all of the underwater Californians now living there maybe they’ll be some popular support for it… got to make somebody else pay for the disastrous decision to buy a house there at the peak of the bubble.

Freedom Fighter February 23, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Isn’t it ironic that only those with a weak free will spread their genes. Those with strong free will, capable of refraining from having sex and even capable of keeping theirs flacid won’t reproduce.

Nature seems to want masses of strong arms, controlled by a minority of strong intellect and all of those with weak free will so that nature can control them all.

I can see therefore that tyranny was not invented by the government nor man. It was invented by nature and God.

Albert Jacquard said that mankind derives it’s dignity by it’s refusals of the constraints imposed by nature.

Sex appetite is a constraint imposed by nature. One that perpetuates human misery.

Mushindo February 24, 2011 at 6:33 am

At freedom fighter:

you are entitled to those rather calvinistic views. But th epoint here is not whether sex is evil or not, but your right to dictate the terms on which others may choose to do it. Therein lies the root of all systemic evil everywhere. .

mrsrobinson February 28, 2011 at 10:58 pm

I only want to DICATE my own choice, my point is each adult indiviual has the rightto choose, what gives us the right to create laws that discriminate against another personal because of their sexual choices in PRIVATE.
Our current laws not only DICATE, them PUNISH and HARM WOMEN & CHILDREN. Turning your back on desperate women is more than EVIL…even Jesus said “thou how has no sin throw the first stone” he was talking about the prostitute. He didn’t feel shame, so why the public hysteria about ESCORTS who met in prive withanother consenting adult.

mrsrobinson February 24, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Women become prostitutes because they are tired of living in poverty. Many of them are single moms with no other income. Its real easy to try and tell people to go work at walmart for 8 bucks a hr, when you can’t afford to live in a box on those wages. The sad part is these women are stalked and harassed by LE, given criminal records so they will never get a real job again (so much for going back to college) and nobody will rent to them after they are convicted, yet we are creating JOHN schools, so men can walk away with no criminal record. We have spend hundreds of millions creating new laws allowing them to hand out sentences of 25 years for exploiting teens, yet you rarely see that sentence handed out.
These women are not just going to go away and live in the streets, they can not police 1% of the adult insudtry on a good day, its a joke, creating laws they can’t possibley enforce. These women are no the publci curb crawlers, these are escorts meeting with other adults in private, they being stalked by LE , they use swat teams to kick in the doors of the womens residence and then issue her a summons to appear. The cops brag to the media that they will continue to RUN THESE WOMEN FROM THEIR COMMUNITY and recently when they found the 4 escorts buried in Long Island the cops told the media that serial killers, rarely murder hookers, like its no big deal or a big problem. We might as well go back to just BURNING WOMEN AT THE STAKE. They are even creating a new office within the IRS to seize assests of these women, the cops are in the news daily for exploiting these women, raping these women, and recently a Boston Court House Clerk was convicted and sentenced to 2 years after he violated the civil rights of 3 women while they were in holding cells, by threatening them with pending cases because they were prostitutes. The jury claimed that did not feel like the women had been harmed even though he threatened them for sex in HOLDING CELLS.
Why does society think escorts are so dumb that we need regulation, we can figure out who to see, how to screen clients, how much to charge, without help from anyone. Our society have created laws that put these women in hrams way and takes away their sanction and protection, guaranteed by the constitution as they can no report crimes against them without being persecuted. Then we go a step further by encouraging society to harass and discriminate with the “they get what they deserve attitude”.
Canada threw out all its laws putting these women in harms way and is in the appeals court til April 2011.
These women need long term services as suggested By The World Health Organization annual report back in 2005, they wrote “even in time of war or displacement all women and children need to be provided basis housing, food, and access to water to PROTECT THEM FROM RAPE & HUMAN TRAFFICKING. Spending taxdollars to track these women down like dogs rather than feed them is SHAMEFUL, and about as bad as we treated the Native americans and African Americans in the 19th century, but back then HOOKERS WERE FREE, and wives were slaves owned by ther husbands and they were not allowed to vote, work, own property or even go out in public alone andit was legal for their husbands tobeat and rape them. Why anyone has any say over “a women body ” other than herself is WRONG. WOMEN DESERVE THE RIGHT TO CHOICE.

caojiufeng March 7, 2011 at 9:36 am
asdfasd July 17, 2011 at 12:06 pm

As far as religion, I think the FLDS supports child prostitution, they think twelve year old girls are full grown women, I think it’s just their way of letting out their gay male side while they pretend the little girl is a boy. After all little girls have the form of boys without the appendage. Disgusting but if you look at it, this is what it appears to be. As far as the other religions, I have yet to see one priest, one preacher, or one rabbi out there protesting anything, though they will help the hungry and the homeless, I think child trafficking is just too political for them to involve themselves.

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