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Reader Poll for October 25 - November 4, 2003

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This week's opinion poll asks . . . Here we go again . . . Legalized prostitution conversations have been raised and they are discussing the idea of turning East Fremont Street into a brothel area. Do you think Las Vegas should legalize prostitution, Why or Why Not?

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*  Sure, legalize it, tax it, and keep it under medical control.  This may be one of the ways that we slow down AIDS in America.  Roger R.  CA

*  Why not legalize it, it already is the oldest profession in the world.  It is always going to happen, why not regulate it and make Las Vegas an adult town again.  James  NY

*  No, I do not think legalizing prostitution is going to help Las Vegas.  You already have an abundance of adult entertainment, why add this headache to the pile of things to do.  Gloria  S.   

I think it should be legalized and regulated. Great revenue source for the city/state and the ladies make good money.  Diana D.

I say yes.  I would assume that when legalized, it would become strictly regulated, with mandated doctor's exams periodically, taxed, etc.  I'm certain that there are a fair amount of "working girls" already in Las Vegas.  They should be regulated by law.  Vicki Burton

Great idea! Make you feel better about losing. Robert Potts

I don't think it is necessary!  If a visitor to Las Vegas gets the urge, he will find it legal or not.  I would hope that it would be controlled and regulated if it is legalized.  I bring mine with me.  Don T.

Living in the UK and only visiting once or twice a year (will be there again in Feb 2004) I possibly don't see that side of things so much but Have been propositioned on the street. (I don't know if this happens much) I am in complete agreement to making it legal. It is legal in Holland and the women are regularly checked by doctors (compulsory) and sex crime is at a minimal.  Rather than girls accosting men on the street, it would be a much better idea for the men to go to a proper controlled place for their pleasures.  Steve  (From England)

*  No, Even though Las Vegas is a great place to visit, I think prostitution goes over the line, it would still have street pros. and there would be absolutely no benefit.  While It is still a family site Las Vegas would lose its appeal to families could you imagine watching the high wire acts at circus circus and the street acrobats in the parking lots.  Jerry

*  Las Vegas is truly the #1 Tourism attraction in the world. Keep the Class and forget the seedy side. People go to Vegas to party, gamble and be entertained. There are more than enough ways to buy a prostitute now, be it in Vegas or at home. Don't need the taxation. Don't need the promotion. Keep it as it is. Bill from Ohio

I am a 54 year old female sociologist in the midwest. Las Vegas has always been a town with the consumer in mind. What does the consumer want that can NOT be found in other US major cities??? All across the US gambling has been legal. There are many casinos only a few miles from most Americans. So the question is What can ONLY Las Vegas offer the consumer ? Bring Amsterdam to Las Vegas and THEY WILL COME! (No pun intended)  Johnson

*  Why bother, I mean go to any strip casino at nite, around 10 or 11pm and if your a guy either by yourself or with a buddy or two you will be approached by a lady of the evening.  I can speak from experience.  I'm not movie star looking man believe me but every time I visit I get approached. so why bother if not to fill the baskets of pimps or I mean businessmen.  Watcherboy

*  Legalized prostitution in Vegas. as the ads says "what happens here, stays here".  Looks to me as if it should be allowed because, at least this way, it could be somewhat regulated. disease, etc, makes it much more dangerous and risky if these activities are not regulated. James St. Cin 

*  Legalized it will be governed hopefully drug and disease free on the other hand you are trying to bring families to Vegas and do we want our children in the know not legalized at least it is a bit more hidden  Dilemma upon dilemma.   Franki  

*  Yes -- prostitution should be legalized. It would allow the state to monitor an occupation which can be hazardous to both parties. In either case, legalized or not legalized, this is a profession which will continue anyway.  Michelle Beyrouti  Vero Beach, FL

*  I do not support legalized prostitution anywhere so I am opposed to it in Las Vegas.  Dave Goffredi 

The legalization of prostitution, although morally contrary to the moral backbone of society as a whole, may not be as controversial in "Sin City".  As a visitor to Las Vegas, I have yet to be approached by any prostitutes.  Being married, this is perfectly acceptable to me.  However, what is not acceptable are the throngs of "paper pimps" who line the sidewalks and promote the availability of prostitution and various other opportunities.  The onslaught of "clicking" is enough to detract from the beauty of the city, but then too, the visitor or resident must also deal with the filth that litters the streets and gardens of even the nicest resort locations.  The legalization of prostitution might help to curb the need for the "paper pimps" because the mystery of how and where to locate the "ladies" of Las Vegas is significantly lessened.  Just head down to Little Amsterdam and get off at Freemont Street...no pun intended. --- Derek Nichols

Living in the UK and only visiting once or twice a year (will be there again in Feb 2004) I possibly don't see that side of things so much but Have been propositioned on the street. (I don't know if this happens much) I am in complete agreement to making it legal. It is legal in Holland and the women are regularity checked by doctors (compulsory) and sex crime is at a minimal. Rather than girls accosting men on the street, it would be a much better idea for the men to go to a proper controlled place for their pleasures..  Steve (From England)

 

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