Most people think Las Vegas is loaded with hookers. They're not wrong, exactly... but contrary to popular opinion, prostitution is not legal within city limits. Let's be even more clear. Prostitution is not legal within the limits of Clark County -- where Las Vegas is located.
Obviously, that doesn't mean sex-for-pay doesn't take place on the Strip. Prostitutes are known to hang out in hotel lobby bars, ready to make a proposition to the right guy with a room upstairs. Once again, this is illegal, and by taking the bait, you could be the target of a police operation. What about those ads for "hot girls direct to your room" you see on mobile billboards, or on cards someone handed you on the sidewalk? It's OK to pay a girl to be an escort for her "time" with you, but it's illegal to further negotiate sexual services within the privacy of a home or hotel room.
So where does the brothel rumor get started? The state of Nevada allows counties to decide the legality of prostitution for themselves. And while Clark County has said no, a few others have said yes. But there aren't as many brothels as people think.
The closest one to Las Vegas is Sheri's Ranch -- more than an hour's drive away in Pahrump, the largest town in Nye County. It's open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and offers free limo service to and from the Las Vegas Strip. Billing itself as a "resort," the long ranch house-style building is surrounded by an idyllic white fence and signs that say "Ladies Welcome" and "Free Tours" so as to appear hyper-approachable to nervous first-timers. And it's true, Sheri's Ranch is more than just a brothel. We've actually been there. It offers hotel rooms geared toward couples looking for a romantic getaway, including themed suites, kept separate from where the, uh, other services take place. The property even boasts a sports bar, restaurant, swimming pool, and tennis courts.
But let's not get off track. Stay focused on the sex.
What to expect: The ladies on duty will be hanging out in the sports bar. You can chat one up, or ask for a live lineup of all the available women in the parlor lounge. Once a choice is made, you'll be led back to a bedroom where prices are negotiated. Although there's a "sex menu" of common services, prices are up to the discretion of the lady, who's an independent contractor and not an employee of Sheri's Ranch. Also, services aren't limited to the menu; couples are welcome and more than one lady can be booked at a time. It all comes down to what's negotiated and agreed upon between both parties. Just be respectful and polite -- and everything should turn out just fine.
Women can be viewed online (the profiles are surprisingly detailed) and there's even an the option to book by appointment in advance. Many of the ladies are from out of town and come in to work for about a week at a time -- generally once a month. You can see when the regulars will be around, or choose from the current weekly lineup. And yes, the women are required to be tested at least once a week (or if they leave the ranch for more than 24 hours). Condoms are required and will be provided at the ranch.
Other brothels in Southern Nevada include...
- Love Ranch -- In the north end of Pahrump and the main competition with Sheri's Ranch for drawing Las vegas customers.
- Alien Cathouse -- Near Area 51 with an extraterrestrial theme.
- Chicken Ranch -- A historic pop culture reference and less than a half-mile away from Sheri's Ranch in Pahrump.
- Wild Cat -- About 270 miles away from Las Vegas and maybe not worth the extra driving time. Just sayin.'