Monday, July 11, 2011
Caveat: This post isn't about whether you think prostitution should be legal or not, is morally right or wrong, or even degrading and exploitative. Personally, I think legal prostitution such as we have in parts of Nevada is okay. Where thorough and frequent medical checks are required, a work schedule that rotates so many hours/days off (something like 2 weeks on and 2 weeks off), and it is a choice (not a necessity to support a drug habit or some other dark reason). It's not a career choice I'd make but I wouldn't want to defuse bombs for a living either.
On our annual road trip we drove through a stretch of road we lovingly call Brothel Row, a length of rural interstate peppered with legal brothels. On this trip we noticed a brothel we hadn't before, one sporting more clients than previous trips, and one that closed. Apparently, even the oldest profession isn't immune to this shitty economy.
Here's what has me scratching my head...location.
Granted, these 'houses of ill repute' are on a stretch of interstate so I assume a fair amount of business is generated by people who travel it (truck drivers, etc.). I doubt those clients are the brothels' bread and butter. That would come from locals. Again an assumption.
Here's the thing. These houses are inevitably a 30 minute drive (or more) from the nearest town/city. And I'm talking rural town/city certainly not what anyone would call a big convention center (like Las Vegas or Reno) so Mark's argument that business travelers are bused (or limoed) in doesn't apply in my mind.
Now, back when Nevada gained its first male prostitute -- yes, ladies, Nevada has you covered -- Mark and I checked the rates for that particular brothel. Morbid curiosity :shrug: The cheapest rate on the "menu" was $150 per hour. Yep, you read that right. I've not checked it recently nor do I remember what that covered.
Someone please explain to me why a person would drive for 30 plus minutes to spend $150 for an hour's worth of relief -- fantastic though it may be -- just to drive another 30 minutes home?
Inquiring minds want to know.