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The complaint also asserts that, under the cover of Nevada law legalizing prostitution, brothels, brothel owners and operators, and the women bought and sold in brothels for sex, actively and intentionally persuade, induce, entice, and coerce men and women to travel in interstate commerce, a clear violation of federal law, to engage in prostitution by advertising and marketing brothels and the sale of people for sex to individuals outside the State of Nevada through hundreds of websites, social media accounts, and other mass media.

According to Jason Guinasso, Esq., a Reno-based attorney with the law firm of Hutchison Steffen who represents plaintiffs Rebekah Charleston and Angela Delgado-Williams, the case illuminates the realities of legal prostitution in Nevada, with focus on the fact that the state’s legal brothels encourage exponential growth of the illegal prostitution, both which simultaneously promote human trafficking and the endangerment of women and children.

Guinasso said that Nevada laws, which enable sex and labor trafficking (slavery), are and have been unconstitutional, citing the 13th Amendment of the United States Constitution that states, “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” Guinasso said that based on the text of the U.S. Constitution, Nevada is currently violating the 13th Amendment by creating conditions that enable slavery in the form of sex trafficking and involuntary sexual servitude. “When anyone, including the State, deliberately creates conditions for slavery, they violate the 13th Amendment,” he said.


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