Vice Squad
Sunday, October 26, 2003
Legal Prostitution for Las Vegas? Thailand?

Brothel prostitution is legal in some rural counties in Nevada, but not in the large cities
of Reno and Las Vegas. Recently the mayor of Las Vegas suggested that perhaps
legal prostitution could be used in the city for economic revitalization. Across the world, similar sentiments are being expressed in Thailand. Government fiscal motives are one of the driving forces behind a move to decriminalize prostitution, according to this article in the Bangkok Post: "The Thaksin government, following the scandal surrounding commercial sex baron Chuwit Kamolwisit, introduced the idea of legalising prostitution in order earn more tax revenue from the trillion-baht industry."

The issue of raising government revenue through legalizing and taxing a currently
illegal vice surfaces again and again, and I intend to discuss it a bit on Vice Squad
today or tomorrow.

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