After two months and just 10 paying customers, the first legal gigolo in the United States has left a Nevada brothel to return to his first love, making porn.
Markus (his sex worker pseudonym) joined the ranch in January, after its owners won a
decision allowing them to legally hire him from Nye County and the state of Nevada, where prostitution is legal and dominated by female sex workers.
For $200, ladies could buy 40 minutes with Markus, who told Details magazine in January that he
was less of a prostitute and more of an artist, surrogate lover and pioneer for the gigolo community.
Owner Bobbi Davis said the Shady Lady Ranch hired another male prostitute on the heels of Markus' departure, a Las Vegas man who
went by the handle Y. Not.
After seeing about 10 clients, he too departed the brothel after an electrical problem in his bungalow forced Davis to temporarily close it.
We're just taking a little break, she told the
Review-Journal: We're going to try it for a while longer.
The Shady Lady Ranch in the Nevada desert has got a job for male prostitutes (female clients only) charging an estimated $300 (£187) per hour.
Although legalised prostitution is nothing new in the wilderness beyond Las Vegas, pimping out men
has been long been against the rules — largely because it was assumed by state officials that the only people interested in paying for such a service would be other men.
Until last month, Nevada's state regulations demanded that all licenced
prostitutes undergo frequent cervical testing — something that was obviously impossible for those without cervixes to do. But after a long and bitter fight, the law has finally been changed, with male prostitutes now able to undergo urethral testing
Hence the Shady Lady Ranch, located between the Nevada dust towns of Beatty and Tonopah, is ready to offer an entirely new menu of services, marketed directly at women.
With so many male revues going on in Las Vegas, we
thought it was time to give this a try, said Bobbi Davis, proprietor of the ranch, adding that her first two male employees will be hired as soon as her establishment gets approval from officials in Nye County.
So far, the Shady Lady's madam
has received applications from 150 candidates, with by far the most of them coming from Detroit and Las Vegas, where unemployment rates are among the highest in the US.
Ms Davis is making a great deal of effort to ensure that male prostitutes
expand the brothel market rather than destroying it. For example, female customers who make the two hour drive to the Shady Lady Ranch from Las Vegas won't have to mix with male clients who've gone there to meet women—instead, they'll be ushered into a
separate, private cabin on the brothel's grounds.
Meanwhile, sex will be advertised as The Boyfriend Experience , with an emphasis on romance.
A Nevada brothel has gotten the green light to be the first to add a new red-light special to its sex menu : male prostitutes. Officials in Nye County, where prostitution is legal, gave the go-ahead yesterday for the Shady Lady Ranch to
hire the first legal male sex workers.
Owner Bobbi Davis is looking for a few good men to work at her high-desert brothel, about 150 miles northwest of Las Vegas, where an hour costs $300, condoms are a must and workers get regular blood
One of the few legal brothels in America has hired Markus, its first male prostitute.
Last week the Shady Lady Ranch in Tonopah, Nevada, was given the OK by the county board to hire men for its business, reported The Los Angeles
Markus arrived by Greyhound bus at the brothel, located about 150 miles northwest of Las Vegas. Details magazine interviewed the 25-year-old man from Los Angeles who compared himself to civil-rights icon Rosa Parks: Basically
this is the first time in the economy of the United States that a male has actually stood up and said, 'I want to do this for a living.' And be protected under law to do it, Markus said in the article . It's just the same as when Rosa Parks
decided to sit at the front instead of the back. She was proclaiming her rights as a disadvantaged, African-American older woman. And I'm doing the same.
The owner of a brothel more than two hours' drive from Las Vegas said she hopes to hire Nevada's first legal male prostitutes within a month, now that state health officials have approved a method to test men for infectious diseases.
The world is
ready for women, or even other men, to legally buy sex, said Shady Lady Ranch owner Bobbi Davis. Plus, being the first to offer male service could boost business in tough economic times, she said.
With so many other male revues going on in
Vegas, we thought it was time to give this a try, Davis told The Associated Press.
Until now, men have been effectively barred from legally plying the world's oldest profession in Nevada by the specificity of a state health law requiring
prostitutes to undergo frequent cervical testing for sexually transmitted diseases. The health board approved a regulation to allow urethral testing for men — a crucial rule change by the state agency with ultimate power over whether prostitutes can or
The brothel still needs county approval. Nye County Sheriff Tony DeMeo said: We're going to look at it. We have some concerns. The ramifications of this are going to be statewide . We're going to have to deal with it at our
other six brothels in Nye County if they want to offer the same service. We want to make sure we protect customers and make sure the industry is regulated with clarity and understanding.
Davis said she wants to add two men to the three women
she currently has living and working at her compound of trailers off U.S. 95 about 150 miles northwest of Las Vegas. She said the women usually charge about $300 per hour for the five to 20 customers who visit on any given night. We don't know how to
structure the men's pricing yet, Davis said.