The state of lax morals could soon become a little less sinful -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants to end legalized prostitution in all of Nevada.
Reid, a Democrat, made his proposal during a speech at the state legislature on Tuesday, calling for "an adult conversation" about the legal sex trade in the state. He said if Nevada is serious about attracting businesses, "the time has come for us to outlaw prostitution."
Although the city of Las Vegas forbids it, Nevada is the only state in the nation where prostitution is legal, operating mostly out of brothels. Reid said even keeping them in rural areas hurts the state's economy.
"Nevada needs to be known as the first place for innovation and investment, not as the last place where prostitution is still legal."
As an example, Reid told of a meeting with a group of businessmen in the technology sector who were thinking about moving to the state.
"One of the businessmen in that meeting told me he simply couldn’t believe that one of the biggest businesses in the county he was considering for his new home is legal prostitution," he said.
Brothels have been allowed in Nevada since the middle of the 19th century but were officially licensed in 1971.