Bunny Ranch boss sets sights on U.S. Senate

Featured Image -- 7309Dennis Hof, the owner of the Bunny Ranch brothel and six others in Nevada, is known as a master of gaining media attention.

“Do I come up with gimmicks? I’m the P.T. Barnum of the sex industry,” Hof said. “I’m always looking for a new angle and something funny to keep my name and the name of the Bunny Ranch in the national media.”

Hof is the star of the HBO series “Cathouse,” just published his memoirs, “The Art of the Pimp,” and once offered free sex at the Bunny Ranch to the nation’s returning military warriors.

Hof’s latest pronouncement is about politics. He said two weeks ago he was joining the Nevada Libertarian Party and considering running for the U.S. Senate, for the seat that is being vacated with the retirement of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

Hof, who describes his politics as a “conserva-tarian,” remains upset with Reid for his speech before the Nevada Legislature in 2011, when Reid called for the elimination of Nevada’s legalized prostitution industry.

Hof sees his potential campaign, at the very least, as a poke at Reid.

“I tell you, if I decide to do this, and win, I think it is great to take the guy’s seat who tried to put me out of business four years ago,” Hoff said.

When Hof announced he was setting up an exploratory committee to look at a U.S. Senate run, outlets including the Washington Post, Washington Times and CNBC made it a national story.

Nevada’s Libertarian Party ranks No. 4 in state voter-registration statistics with 12,137 registered at the end of June, according to Secretary of State statistics. The party has a long way to go to catch up with the Democrats’ state-leading registration of 570,000 voters.

Hof’s candidacy is welcomed by the party, said state Chairman Brett Pojunis.

“He really brings a lot to the party,” Pojunis said. “We are really excited about the celebrity that he does have.”

Although the Nevada Libertarian Party does not select its candidates until its state convention next year, Hof has already been penciled in as the party’s U.S. Senate candidate.

“I’ve spent a lot of time with Dennis. I like him a lot,” Pojunis said. “I don’t foresee anybody else trying to come up and run for that spot. So yeah, we are thrilled to have him on board.”

The party also has no qualms with Hof’s business — legal prostitution.

“It is, more or less, my body and my choice,” said Pojunis about the libertarian philosophy toward legal prostitution. “We feel that the government should not tell us what we can and can’t do with our body. And so prostitution, as long as it is between two consenting adults … We frown upon sex trafficking in a big way and anything that is outside of ‘consenting adults,’ we have a huge problem with.”

Is Hof serious? His “exploratory committee” is made up of the same folks that help him run his seven brothels.

“It’s my staff, my CFO, my marketing people, people I trust,” Hof said of his exploratory committee. “We are trying to figure out, can we pull this off? Is it the right thing to do? Do we want to deal with the financial requirements?”

The biggest obstacle for Hof is money.

This is multimillion endeavor. Reid and Republican challenger Sharron Angle each spent more than $25 million in Nevada’s 2012 U.S. Senate race. Some political experts, however, don’t expect the same level of spending in the 2016 U.S. Senate race, which currently pits Republican Joe Heck against Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto. Yet multimillion-dollar fundraising appears to be a must for a run at the U.S. Senate.

“The biggest thing is, where am I going to get the money?” Hof said. “I am not a career politician. I don’t want to be a career politician and I don’t like career politicians because all they are looking for, instead of fixing problems in our government, is keeping their job in the next election. So how do I get, what has been told to me that would cost $5 million to $10 million without funding it myself?

“Could I do that? Yeah,” Hof said. “Do I want to do that? No. So how do I get that kind of money without selling myself and being like the rest of these guys, the rest of these politicians with all their favors?”

Cortez Masto and Heck will have large political organizations behind them. Both of their parties will probably have more than 500,000 voters in Nevada come election time.

Cortez Masto, the two-term former Nevada attorney general, has already been endorsed by Reid. A daughter of one of Las Vegas’ most influential tourism officials, she has been groomed for this job since she was little, some observers have said.

Heck is a sitting congressman, a licensed medical doctor and a one-star general whose political life includes both losing and winning some knock-down, drag-out campaigns.

If Hof is not serious about raising money, he won’t stand a chance, said Fred Lokken, a political science professor at Truckee Meadows Community College.

“He would not have an impact on either candidate, especially if he does not want to actively raise money and actually conduct a valid campaign,” Lokken said. “Only a fraction of the voters will actually know that he is in the campaign.

“Running as a Libertarian greatly limits the portions of the electorate who will be interested in his candidacy and ensures that he won’t win,” Lokken added.

“But he’s also, in a way, our own Donald Trump,” Lokken said. “He’s someone who likes attention and finds creative ways of getting attention.”

Prostitution and politics

Hof would not be the first member of Nevada’s legal prostitution industry to run for political office.

Former Mustang Ranch and Bunny Ranch courtesan Jessi Winchester — who gained international notoriety when she competed in the Mrs. Nevada pageant while working at a brothel — placed second in a Republican primary for Congress in 1996. She was third in a nine-person GOP primary for lieutenant governor in 2000.

Lance Gilman, owner of the Mustang Ranch brothel in Storey County, is currently an elected member of the Storey County Commission. Gilman was also a major player in the negotiations that brought the Tesla Motors gigafactory to Northern Nevada.

“It’s one of those ‘only-in-Nevada’ stories,” Lokken said about Hof and the others in politics.

“Over the years, we have seen individuals from the brothel industry show an interest in politics,” Lokken said. “Sometimes it is for the attention. Sometimes they have an issue.”

Hof’s big issues

Hof said the $1.4 billion package of new and extended taxes recently passed by the Legislature was the factor that “put him over the edge” and got him thinking about running for office. But if elected to Harry Reid’s seat, his issue will be wiping out illegal sex trafficking.

“Do people not know what is going on in Las Vegas,” Hof said about sex trafficking. “It is out of hand. Las Vegas is the cesspool in America, the worst there is when it comes to sex crimes.”

Sex trafficking in Las Vegas includes underage girls who are virtual slaves to their pimps, Hof said, adding that it is also dangerous for those who seek out the illegal sex trade in Las Vegas.

“What happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas when it comes to sex trafficking because STDs go home with you,” Hof said.

Hof admits it is self-serving for him to push against illegal sex trafficking.

If illegal sex trafficking could be stopped in Las Vegas, it would be a financial boon for Hof, since he owns brothels in Southern Nevada, including the “Alien Cathouse,” located 90 miles from Las Vegas.

“It is absolutely self-serving,” Hof said. “But can you do the right thing and be self-serving at the same time? Yes.”

Hof considers himself an expert on the issue and has spoken at international conferences on legal prostitution and sex trafficking.

“I have lectured in Oxford, I have lectured at the famed Dublin’s Trinity College,” Hof said. “Three months ago, I was (lecturing) in Paris,” Hof said. “I have worked with all of the major news organizations on sex trafficking. I’ve done an hour show on CNN on sex trafficking, called ‘Selling The Girl Next Door.’

“I do this all of the time,” Hof said. “And if you are in the (U.S.) Senate, you’ve got a bigger voice. The Pope is talking about (sex) trafficking now. That is how bad it is. It is epidemic proportions around America and nobody does anything about it.”


Las Vegas Police officer Richard Scavone charged in battery of suspected prostitute

hookerA Las Vegas police officer is on paid leave after being charged with roughing up a woman suspected of being a prostitute.

Metro officer Richard Scavone, 48, is accused of using unlawful force on the woman, the Clark County district attorney’s office announced Tuesday. He faces a misdemeanor battery charge.

He has not been arrested.

Scavone stopped a woman about 5 a.m. Jan. 6 near where Tropicana Avenue crosses Inter­state 15, the district attorney said in a news release. The officer said the woman was loitering, trying to solicit work as a prostitute.

When Scavone told her to move, the DA said, the woman refused and threw a cup of coffee over her shoulder — not in the officer’s direction. The officer then got out of his car to arrest the woman and “used force and violence against her, which was not justified or required for purposes of his investigation,” the DA’s office said in a news release.

Scavone’s supervisors investigated his use of force and deemed it was “not only excessive, it was unreasonable,” Las Vegas police Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said Tuesday during a news conference. Metro submitted the case to the district attorney’s office for prosecution.

McMahill said Scavone was wearing a body camera during the incident but that footage would not be released yet.

“I can tell you that she did have a mark on her face at the conclusion of this incident,” McMahill said. “It appears to have come from the interaction with officer Scavone.”

The woman Scavone is accused of battering initially was charged with littering and loitering, McMahill said, but those charges have been dismissed.

“Police officers deal with a wide variety of situations, and the vast majority handle themselves in a professional and appropriate manner,” District Attorney Steve Wolfson said in a written statement. “For those who take it too far, there are consequences.”

In March 2010, Scavone was placed on routine paid administrative leave after shooting a burglary suspect.

McMahill would not comment on Scavone’s use of force prior to January. Scavone has worked at Metro for eight years.

The same year Scavone shot someone, he received a Metro award for “Meritorious Service,” given “for a highly unusual accomplishment under adverse conditions with some degree of hazard to life,” according to the department website.

Contact Kimberly De La Cruz at Kdelacruz@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0381. Find her on Twitter: @KimberlyinLV.


Las Vegas working girlsCall it a unique kind of most wanted list or simply an attempt to clamp down on the area’s worst-kept secret.

Working off a roster of the reputed 50 “most prolific prostitutes” in Clark County, Las Vegas police and prosecutors are taking unprecedented steps to keep repeat prostitution offenders off the Strip.

Some are criticizing the law enforcement crackdown as overly aggressive. And it comes at a time when some policymakers are talking about eventually legalizing or decriminalizing prostitution in the Las Vegas Valley.

The Vice Enforcement Top Offenders (VETO) list, which took the vice unit two years to compile, has the names of women with the longest prostitution-related criminal records in Clark County, said Lt. Karen Hughes.

Most of the women on the list have been convicted of exchanging sex for money or of prostitution-related theft charges inside several Strip hotels, not for street prostitution.hooker

Within days of launching the crackdown, police over Super Bowl weekend arrested 13 of the women on charges of soliciting prostitution, loitering for the purposes of prostitution, or trespassing, police records show.

In all, 24 of the 50 women on the list were arrested between Jan. 28 and Feb. 13, all on misdemeanor charges.

Six on the list were arrested twice during that period.

Those arrested range in age from 20 to 41.

Police declined a request by the Review-Journal for the entire VETO list.

Hughes said it is time to stop the revolving door of prostitution-related arrests, especially when those arrests involve “trick rolls,” in which prostitutes steal from men.

“We’re talking about girls who have been arrested repeatedly over the years, ones that we all know by face and by name,” said Hughes, citing one woman who was arrested 18 times in a single year.

“If they get the message that Las Vegas is not going to ignore their subsequent arrests, then maybe they’ll take their lifestyle to a different city,” she said.

Or at least to a different part of Clark County.

In a memo to prosecutors about VETO cases, Assistant District Attorney Christopher Lalli last month told his staff to offer plea agreements that would include possible jail time and an order that defendants “refrain from entering the resort corridor” for a period of six or 12 months.

The guilty plea offer also will include 100 hours of community service and mandatory attendance of an AIDS awareness class.

If caught back in the resort corridor for any reason other than lawful employment or residency, the subject will be rearrested and given jail time, Lalli’s memo said.

City and county ordinances have allowed for so-called “order-out zones” in downtown Las Vegas and the Strip since the late 1990s.

In the past, order-outs usually were agreed to by defendants in exchange for probation.

Hughes spoke about the VETO program and the general problem of prostitution at a meeting of Justice Court judges last month.

The judges were briefed on the initiative even before the sheriff was.

Her appearance before the justices of the peace is problematic, said Gary Peck, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada. “It’s a cause for real concern when police are going to judges and promoting their policy for cleaning up the Strip.”

Peck also wondered whether police are relying so heavily on a Top 50 list that it will lead to prostitution arrests without probable cause. Such arrests would pave the way for the issuance of order-outs.

“It would be troubling if this list is being used as a substitute for sound police judgment,” he said.

Hughes said police won’t make initial prostitution-related arrests without proof that a new crime has been committed.

“Just because they’re on the list doesn’t mean they’re going to jail,” she said.

Lalli said he hopes the VETO effort will put a dent in prostitution. He cited special prosecution guidelines on other crimes such as car theft, which has been dwindling recently, as evidence that crackdowns work.

“Prostitution is one of those areas that brings with it a whole host of undesirable things,” Lalli said. “If you’re a prostitute out there, the message is, ‘Don’t commit your act of prostitution around here.’ ”

Hughes said new names probably would be added to the VETO list once the first set of cases goes through the court system.

She said law enforcement’s tough approach to the problem could give way to a push for other alternative sentences for prostitutes and even a court that hears only prostitution cases.

Mayor Oscar Goodman, whose jurisdiction doesn’t include the Strip, questioned whether a crackdown on prostitutes is the best public policy. He said pimps should be the main targets of law enforcement.

“It’s the exploiters of these women who are the real villains here,” Goodman said. “I have a deep and abiding conviction that they are the primary offenders.”

Just because police don’t have a list of the most prolific pimps doesn’t mean the vice unit is ignoring that part of the problem in its undercover operations, Hughes said.

“We’ve got two investigative teams that deal with nothing but pimps,” she said. “But we also want to minimize opportunities for prostitutes to be aggressive with the tourists and with men who aren’t interested in that.”

Citing more than 5,000 prostitution arrests last year by the vice unit along the Strip, a 46 percent increase from the number two years ago, Hughes said she is concerned that prostitution hurts tourism and creates a bad image for Las Vegas.

“Vice has always had a zero tolerance on prostitution,” Hughes said. “There’s more work out there than we can wrap our arms around. Our hope is that we convey to prostitutes and pimps who operate here that this is not an easy city to make money.”

She rallied support for the VETO effort at a meeting of hotel security chiefs earlier this month.

Several hotel officials contacted by the Review-Journal didn’t return phone calls.

Hotels are just one place police are looking for prostitutes, Hughes said. Their attention is also directed on the street and at “erotic services” advertised in print and online publications.

In a related effort, undercover female officers make arrests of men who try to hire prostitutes. This group tends to be less apt to reoffend, according to Hughes.

As police ratchet up efforts to reduce prostitution, Goodman renewed his call for a discussion about options for legalizing or decriminalizing prostitution.

“If I were to engage in discussion, I’d be thinking in terms of a Little Amsterdam,” a red-light district with legalized brothels, he said. “But I’m not advocating it.”

Prostitution is legal in 10 rural Nevada counties, but not in Clark or Washoe counties.

Goodman said legalized and regulated brothels over time could generate hundreds of millions of dollars for this area.

State Sen. Bob Coffin, D-Las Vegas, chairman of the Senate Taxation Committee, said last month he was open to the idea of holding a legislative hearing to discuss legalizing and taxing prostitution in the state’s urban counties.

It appears, however, that the Legislature will not act on that idea this session.

At a recent meeting of the Review-Journal editorial board, Sheriff Doug Gillespie spoke out strongly against such proposals.

For now, Goodman said, Las Vegas police should enforce the laws on the book.

Barbara Brents, a sociology professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, said she is surprised that law enforcement would focus so heavily on cracking down on prostitution.

“It seems pretty hypocritical to me to have an economy based on sexualizing women and then to come down on the women when police want to make it seem like they’re enforcing the law,” she said. “It’s coming down on women who are least able to fight back.”

Defense attorney James “Bucky” Buchanan, who has defended many clients accused of prostitution, sees practical problems with the effort.

“As much as Metro wants to do this, it’s just going to clog the courts,” he said. “I don’t think Metro has thought out the consequences and financial impact of this.”

On the bright side, Buchanan said, the crop of VETO arrests will make a lot of money for attorneys like him.

Contact reporter Alan Maimon at amaimon @reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0404.

Las Vegas Metro detective Michael Kitchen accused in robbery of prostitute appears in court

Cop Fired For Exposing Department Policy Where Officers Have Sex With Prostitutes, Then Arrest Them

backpageA police officer in Arkansas recently lost his job after he exposed a massive scheme that allowed officers to have sex with prostitutes and then arrest them for servicing the undercover cops.

The way that Former Fort Smith Police Department Sgt. Don Paul Bales’ department had it set up, cops would “prove” that they weren’t really police officers, by having sex with prostitutes. The cop who had just broken the law himself would then follow up by arresting the women.

ow, a lawsuit that was obtained by local KFSM, reveal that an officer was fired for exposing the twisted police work.

The suit was just filed in Arkansas’s Sebastian County Circuit Court. The officer in question says he just wants his job back, as he did nothing but expose criminal activity among fellow officers.hooker

This all started when Bales received a photo of an affidavit that had been filed back in April of 2014. That affidavit stated that an undercover cop in the “Street Crimes Unit” had engaged in what it termed “misconduct.”

The undercover officer, who was identified as “J.B.”, met a woman he thought might be a prostitute through the website Backpage.com.

The cop then set up a meeting with the woman at a motel where he later got her to agree to a rate of $150 an hour.

But the affidavit says that the undercover cop got disrobed, engaged in a sex act, and then arrested the woman on suspicion of misdemeanor prostitution.

The cop said that it was absolutely essential for him to do this “because he believed that such action was necessary to gather the proof needed to convict the person for violating the prostitution statute.”

When Bales saw this, he reported the misconduct to his superiors. He turned over the photo of the affidavit to his lawyer “just in case.”

But after an investigation, carried out by Fort Smith Police Department Chief Kevin Lindsey, it was decided that Bales was the one to blame. He had, Chief Lindsey still maintains, “violated department policy” when he allowed the officer’s name on the affidavit.

But Bales has maintained that any communication between himself and his lawyer is protected by attorney-client privilege.

The attorney published the affidavit some time later, but he redacted it to conceal the identity of the officer in question. So this department policy, both the lawyer and Bales maintain, was never in fact violated.

Now, the department is saying that Bales violated a full eight rules. Among them, Chief Lindsey says Bales was guilty of: not being truthful, giving false testimony, revealing confidential information, releasing a confidential report and not respecting his superiors.

Here’s where it gets really crazy… Lindsey says that the undercover officer in question was “in accordance with department policy” when he engaged in sexual relations with the prostitute who he later arrested.

Even worse, and adding insult to injury, the termination of Sgt. Bales has been upheld on appeal by the Fort Smith Civil Service Commission… twice.

Sheriff Caught Using Badge To Threaten Prostitute Into Performing Sexual Acts

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BAD COP – NO PUSSY Sheriff Caught Using Badge To Threaten Prostitute Into Performing Sexual Acts

Cook County sheriff's officer charged with sex assault

Deputy Fernando B. Rodriguez charged with sex assault on a hooker.

A deputy sheriff from the most populous county in Illinois, Cook County, has been charged with attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault for allegedly soliciting and threatening a prostitute. 

The fifty-two-year-old Sherriff’s Deputy Fernando B. Rodriguez has been working for the county since July 1, 1991. Which begs the question if there are prior victims that have not yet come forward?

Rodriguez was ordered held in lieu of $10,000 bail Thursday in Cook County court. He’s been charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault, aggravated unlawful restraint, and official misconduct. Each charge is a felony.

The Chicago Tribune has the scoop on the details of the arrest:

When Chicago police officers noticed a car double parked and partially blocking an alley in the 1500 block of North Avers Avenue around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sheriff’s Deputy Fernando B. Rodriguez tried to wave them off, saying: “It’s OK guys, I’m on the job,” according to court documents.

A woman, who police said was a known prostitute, got out of the passenger seat and told the officers Rodriguez asked her to enter the car, then told her he was a police officer and displayed a holstered handgun, according to court documents.

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State of the (Legal) Sex Industry

With the recent closure of two Nye County brothels, Angel’s Ladies and the Shady Lady Ranch, there has been a lot of media chatter suggesting that Nevada’s legal bordellos won’t last long into the 21stcentury.

In a front page article in the Las Vegas Review Journal published on November 30th 2014, the question as to the fate of Nevada’s brothels was posed to a group of sex industry experts, and the conclusion was divided.

George Flint, lobbyist for the Nevada Brothel Owners Association, believes that the future of the industry looks bleak. Flint blames the downturn in America’s economy and the rise of the internet, which provides unprecedented access to resources that promote illegal prostitution.

“The brothel industry is about as badly bent as I’ve ever seen it,” said Flint. “I don’t know that the industry as we know it is going to survive.”

The Shady Lady Ranch, one of two Nevada brothels that closed recently.

On the other side of the discussion was Dr. Barb Brents, a University of Nevada, Las Vegas sociology professor who literally wrote the book on Nevada brothels with her 2009 publication The State of Sex: Tourism, Sex and Sin in the New American Heartland.

“I doubt that the industry is on its deathbed, but the business model needs to reflect changing trends in sexual commerce,” She said. “The U.S. is behind the curve globally in exploring models other than criminalization, and Nevada is actually a forerunner in this regard.”

The article prominently features Sheri’s Ranch, Southern Nevada’s premier bawdy house, and mentions that the brothel’s new sex vacation packagesare an indication that there just might be “a new trend in the brothel business — something akin to the rise of the megaresort on Las Vegas Boulevard — in which small, far-flung operations like the Shady Lady give way to opulent brothel resorts clustered as close to Las Vegas as the law will allow.”

An Industry that Fears Change

The legal Nevada sex industry certainly isn’t dying, but, as Dr. Brents notes, it is changing – or perhaps more accurately, the world is changing, and the brothels that continue to thrive are changing with it.

In the past few years, Flint and other prognosticators have said, again and again, that the recession and online escort advertising are to blame for the decline of the Silver State’s brothels. While these factors may play into a brothel’s failure, the overarching reason why some brothels have closed is the unadaptable nature of their business model.

Why are some brothels unwilling to adapt to America’s dynamic sexual culture? Why are so many of the bordellos that were erected in the 70′s and 80′s operating as if they are frozen in the 20th century? Perhaps it’s because of fear, a fear perpetuated by the very entities that purportedly support Nevada’s brothel industry.

A VIP bungalow at Sheri's Ranch

When brothel owner Chuck Lee was re-imagining Sheri’s Ranch as the first full-service Nevada sex resort in 2001, George Flint thought that the innovative renovation was a terrible idea that could bring an end to legal prostitution in the county.

“[Chuck Lee] cannot supermarket the brothel business without it eventually being made illegal in that county,” Flint said in a 2001 Los Angeles Times article, “The brothels survive by not being too visible.”

So you have an industry that, starting as far back as nearly fifteen years ago, was consistently encouraged to not strive for greater success and notability. Well, what happens when businesses stop striving? They slowly wither, eventually die, and no longer contribute economically to the rural communities that embrace the legal sex industry.

Business leaders like Chuck Lee had the courage and foresight to ignore the naysayers in 2001, and today, as several unimaginative brothels fall by the wayside, his prosperous brothel-resort is the new standard for legal prostitution in America.

The Brothel for the 21st Century

A lot has changed since the early 70’s, when Nevada legalized prostitution. The internet allows for a great deal of information to be shared about various sexual subcultures including swingers, sugar daddies/babies, BDSM, and fetishes. More than ever, singles and couples are seeking opportunities where they can safely deviate from sexual mores. Sheri’s Ranch offers the only legal place in the United Sates where these sexual curiosities and desires can be discreetly and thoroughly explored.

Sheri’s Ranch, a beautifully cultivated full-service sex resort, shatters preconceived notions of Nevada’s bordellos. Catering to men, women, and couples from all walks of life, Sheri’s staff and courtesans are devoted to enriching the sex life of their clientele through a progressive, nonjudgmental environment encouraging healthy and safe erotic exploration and personal sexual discovery.

Sheri’s Ranch is the brothel of today. As the appetites of the resort’s customers continue to evolve, and Sheri’s continually strives to exceed their erotic expectations, Lee’s desert oasis will very likely also be the brothel of tomorrow.

The Nuru Massage sex room at Sheri's Ranch opened in 2014

Photo of the Shady Lady by FloNight (Sydney Poore) and Russell Poore (self-made by Russell and Sydney Poore) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons


Reno Prostitution sting results in 8 arrests, citations

HookersMembers of the Regional Street Enforcement Team (SET) conducted a prostitution operation focusing on downtown Reno. The main focus of the operation was designed to target the customers of prostitution, or the demand portion.+

The Regional Street Enforcement Team believes impacting sex trafficking/exploitation begins with an aggressive campaign against the demand for illegal prostitution. Often the females who engage in prostitution are introduced at a young age and are frequently being exploited or trafficked by a physically controlling individual. Although statistics vary from study to study, researchers believe the average age of a female trafficked and introduced into prostitution is 12-14 years old. The Regional Street Enforcement Team has recovered several sex trafficking victims between the ages of 12-16 from the streets of Reno, each of the past several years.+

SET believes the supply of exploited victims will decrease if the demand can be impacted and reduced by conducting frequent operations+

During the operation, which lasted approximately five and a half hours, seven men were issued a citation or arrested for soliciting the undercover officer for sex in exchange for money.+

One additional male was observed masturbating in his vehicle while requesting a price for sex. That subject was arrested for indecent exposure, but not solicitation for prostitution, as the male left before an agreement for money could be made.+

The Reno police department has citation qualification criteria for individuals facing misdemeanor offenses. In this case six men qualified for citation, while two were arrested.+

The pre-designated bail/fine for solicitation for prostitution is $500.00. Individuals cited/arrested for solicitation for prostitution are also required to submit to blood testing for sexually transmitted diseases.+

The men cited for solicitation for prostitution during this operation are identified as:+

  • Octavio Campos-Garcia 35 year old Reno, Nv. resident+
  • Jesus Crespo-Escalante 44 year old Sparks, Nv. resident+
  • Fabian Gonsalez 52 year old Reno, Nv. resident+
  • Felipe Torres 38 years old Reno, Nv. resident+
  • Jose Gutierrez 41 year old Reno, Nv. resident+
  • Brandon Jackson 37 year old Bakersfield, Ca. resident+
  • Freddie Wilkerson 58 year old Alturas, Ca. resident was arrested for solicitation for prostitution and three outstanding warrants.+
  • Clinton England 33 year old Reno, Nv. resident was arrested for Indecent Exposure, a gross misdemeanor. His bail is set at $2,500.00.+

The Regional Street Enforcement Team would like to remind residents and visitors to our community that all forms of prostitution are illegal in Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County. Prostitution, outside of a licensed brothel, is illegal everywhere in Nevada.+


Police: Bellagio robber used cash on hookers, clothes

After saying he found a black bag filled with cash, the man charged with robbing the Bellagio Friday night blew through $10,000 on a room at the Hard Rock resort, shopping at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace and four hookers for “socializing,” according to his arrest report.

The man, who was not officially identified, denied he robbed the Bellagio at gunpoint of $43,500 cash and then told detectives he “was smoking too much I guess,” but wouldn’t say what he was smoking.

He told investigators his name was Scott Rice of Kansas, but police did not believe him because he had no official identification to support his claim. He was arrested Saturday night after a valley-wide manhunt and is being held at the Clark County Detention Center without bail.Hookers

The robbery happened about 8:30 p.m. Friday when a man walked up to a Bellagio cashier’s cage, pulled a gun out of his backpack and demanded money from a female clerk. The clerk later complained of chest pains and was checked out by paramedics, but was not taken to a hospital.

The man identified as John Doe on Saturday paid a tourist $300 to rent him a $400 room at the Hard Rock Hotel, according to his arrest report.

The tourist then notified police, who went to the resort located nearly two miles from the Bellagio. Investigators began to watch the room via security surveillance and soon detained for questioning four prostitutes who left the room, two of whom carried wads of cash bound by labels that read “Bellagio Count Team.”

The women told investigators the man in the room was acting paranoid, erratic and delusional. “One minute he was laughing hysterically and the next he was acting as if he felt claustrophobic in the room,” one of the women said.


According to the report, she described the man “as an average to unfortunate looking white male with an athletic build” and she said she was hired to “socialize” with him. The woman was later arrested for trespassing.

The woman said the man didn’t have many personal belongings in the room, but he did have a small amount of marijuana.

Police eventually searched the room and found $10,000 cash along with a BB gun that matched the description of the weapon used during the Bellagio robbery. Police also found the outfit that the robber wore, a black backpack, black Louis Vuitton shoes and high-end clothes, along with recent shopping receipts.

John Doe told investigators that the women were work-out buddies and he had taken them shopping. He said he had been at the Bellagio and found a bag of money in the parking lot of the casino. When detectives showed him a picture from Bellagio surveillance that was taken at the cashier’s cage, he said, “That’s me,” but denied involvement in the robbery.

While police were able to account for about $20,000 taken during the robbery, it remains unclear what happened to the rest of the cash.

Detectives believe John Doe is the same man who robbed a south valley City National Bank on July 22. The same BB gun, with an orange tip on the barrel, was used in both the Bellagio and bank robbery, police said.

Doe was set to appear in Las Vegas Justice Court Tuesday morning. He faces five counts, including one count each of robbery with use of a deadly weapon, burglary with use of a deadly weapon and grand larceny and two counts of battery, jail records show.

Initially, Metro identified another man, Jesse Earl Jones, as a person of interest in the Bellagio robbery. Police made that identification because Jones’ fingerprints were found at the scene of a June robbery of a Bank of Nevada located in the south valley.

Metro officer Larry Hadfield said Monday that Jones remains a person of interest in the Bank of Nevada robbery, but not the Bellagio robbery. Court records show Jones has not been charged.

Contact Annalise Little at alittle@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0391. Find her on Twitter: @annaliselittle_.

New blog sites to focus on Carson City Corruption involving Judge Tatro, DA candidate Mark Krueger and Sheriff Kenny Furlong



New blog sites to focus  on Carson City Corruption involving Judge Tatro, DA candidate Mark Krueger and Sheriff Kenny Furlong

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UPDATE:  May 24, 2014 They are trying to shut down the new blogs once again… Stay tuned… For now go here:


Are you aware of the ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court case Times v. Sullivan (1964) which states this, in part:

As Americans we have a profound national commitment to the principle that debate on Public Issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide open. And that it may well include vehement, caustic, and sometimes unpleasantly sharp attacks on government and public officials.




Nevada State Official, James deProsse in prostitution/hooker scandal

James deProsse tried to get a hooker

James deProsse tried to get a hooker

A newly appointed administrator with the state housing division is on paid leave, after he was caught soliciting sex for money from an undercover Reno police officer. hooker

James deProsse, 57, was caught during an undercover sting operation, along with six others during a sting on April 26th in downtown. Most of the men cited were married, according to Reno police. DeProsse was cited, but not arrested, police said. His citation was later dismissed prior to his court date by the Reno City Attorney’s Office after deProsse’s attorney cited his client’s clean background and pointed out deProsse successfully underwent counseling related to the offense.

Damn – Nevada lawmakers want to tax fun, sex and fast times!

Is prostitution “Live Entertainment” subject to tax or a “Service”?
burning man

Burning Man

Nevada brothels map

Nevada brothels map

By ED VOGEL LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL CAPITAL BUREAU CARSON CITY — All Nevada businesses that offer live entertainment — including brothels, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the massive Electric Daisy Carnival and Burning Man — would have to pay an 8 percent tax under a bill to be introduced Wednesday. Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick, D-North Las Vegas, said Monday that her live entertainment tax bill is nearly completed and will cover “everybody,” ending exemptions for specific businesses and taxing some, such as brothels, that were previously ignored. Asked specifically whether the tax would include Burning Man, the speedway and brothels, she repeated, “Everybody.”

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