Earlier in the year, Rebekah Charleston, an ex-prostitute turned morality campaigner, filed a lawsuit against the State of Nevada, its Governor and Legislature, in which she attempted to have the laws which allow Nevada's legal brothels declared
Thankfully the case has now been dismissed by the Nevada District's Chief Judge Miranda M. Du for lack of standing.
Because the plaintiffs failed to meet the standing requirement, the legal issues involved in the case were not discussed in Judge Du's decision, but the judge did make clear why the plaintiffs, aside from their being residents of Texas, wouldn't have met
the standing requirements even if they had lived in Nevada. The concept of standing is something along the lines that one has to be an injured party to complain about an injury.
The owner of the Mustang Ranch brothel near Reno had a few choice words to say about the lawsuit's dismissal:
We are extremely pleased that the United States District Court deemed this lawsuit baseless and without merit and, as such, dismissed it, said Mustang Ranch owner Lance Gilman. However, we are equally frustrated at the persistent and reckless attempts by
Mr. Guinasso [the plaintiff's lawyer] to ban Nevada's historic brothel industry through incendiary allegations that are steeped in moral judgment 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.
There's plenty of prostitution going on in D.C., and while streetwalkers are the most visible, escort agencies and well-hidden brothels abound -- and one city councilmember, David Grosso has been trying for the last two years to rid the city of the laws
that throw these sex workers in prison or rehab, giving them criminal records that can prevent them from getting other employment and/or certain city services.
Joining Grosso in sponsoring the sex work legalization bill, titled Reducing Criminalization of Commercial Sex Act of 2019 , are fellow councilmembers Anita Bonds, Brianne K. Nadeau and Robert C. White, Jr. The current bill is a minor revamp of a
version introduced in 2017, and while it makes clear that sex trafficking and non-consensual sex should continue to be illegal, it would strike language from several sections from current law titled Prostitution; Pandering , which has been on the
D.C. books since 1935.
The bill would also have the effect of legalizing brothels in the city, and allowing sex workers to rent rooms for assignations.
Finally, the bill would require the D.C. mayor to establish a 15-member task force to study and make recommendations regarding the effects, both positive and negative, of the current bill and to make recommendations regarding additional changes to the
criminal penalties for commercial sex and to provide support for sex workers and others engaging in commercial sex in the District. It would also study the impact of sex work on society, provide guidance to the mayor on improving sex workers' health and
safety, including tracking violence leveled against them and their access to health and social services.