State-Sanctioned Sex: Negotiating Formal and Informal Regulatory Practices in Nevada Brothels

  title={State-Sanctioned Sex: Negotiating Formal and Informal Regulatory Practices in Nevada Brothels},
  author={Barbara G. Brents and Kathryn Hausbeck},
  journal={Sociological Perspectives},
  pages={307 - 332}
Nevada is the only state in the United States that sanctions legalized prostitution. With thirty-six existing brothel licenses, Nevada offers an important site for the sociological analysis of public sex policy. In this article we use policy analysis, interviews, and document research to examine formal and informal regulations that govern the licensing, business operations, and contemporary culture of Nevada's brothels. A decentralized, haphazard, and historically unique set of laws and norms… 

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