Let me begin by saying I’m going to do my best to avoid double entendres in this article. Thing is, it would be so easy. You know, jokes about super-spreaders, for example.
Anyway, Alice Little, who infamously bills herself as the “highest-earning sex worker in the U.S.,” is suing the state of Nevada to reopen its brothels mid-Covid-pandemic. Not that I’m familiar with the earning-potential for sex workers, but according to Irish Central about a year prior to the shutdown, the Ireland native was earning around $1 million per year.
As reported by the Nevada Independent, when Ms. Little first learned that brothels would be closing for 30 days to comply with state orders in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID, she took two houseplants from her room at the Moonlite BunnyRanch down to the front desk and asked whomever to look after them while she was gone.
Eight months later, Alice still hasn’t seen her plants again.
— New York Post (@nypost) December 8, 2020
Here’s a bit of background, via the Nevada Independent.
Little is one of hundreds of legal sex workers in the state who lost their major source of income when brothels and other businesses shut down mid-March.
While most other industries have been able to resume some level of operations, Gov. Steve Sisolak has indicated that the state’s brothels are “not on his radar” to reopen.
Services allowing physical contact around the state have been allowed to resume service, with tattoo shops, estheticians, and massage parlors open since May.
Women who work in Nevada’s legal sex industry say they feel they’re being ignored not because of the risk their business poses but because of a bias against their industry.
Now Alice has had enough, her house plants aside.
In response to what she sees as an “arbitrary” decision that has left legal sex workers “financially devastated,” Alice on Friday filed a complaint and motion for a preliminary injunction against Gov. Sisolak in the Third Judicial District Court in Lyon County.
The lawsuit cites unstated damages and seeks the right for Alice and other licensed prostitutes to “ply their legal trade” at home or other private locations.
The suit alleges that the Nevada governor has, “without any rational basis, decided to single out brothels.”
As reported by the New York Post, “Nevada’s governor has unfairly kept the legal brothels closed while allowing other high-contact businesses, such as massage parlors, spas, and salons, to reopen,” Little wrote on a GoFundMe page with a goal of $50,000 for the lawsuit.
As of Tuesday morning, the campaign had raised more than $8,000.
I’m just gonna leave this here — just for grins — with zero suggested.
— denise👣🗣🌊 (@nmbound9) April 8, 2018
Nevada is the only state to allow legal prostitution, and even at that, the law requires “activity” to take place in a licensed brothel, in just one county.
Still, according to the Nevada Independent, the state’s sex industry remains controversial, often condemned by anti-sex trafficking organizations that say brothels are part of a culture that encourages sexual exploitation However, a lawsuit that sought to ban legal brothels was dismissed last year.
Kiki Lover [rolling-eyes emoji], a legal sex worker who lives in Reno, also believes Sisolak is purposely singling out the legal prostitution industry, telling the Nevada Independent: “I think it’s discriminatory of the governor. He’s discriminating against sex workers.”
Prior to the shutdown, Lover was working five days a week at the Sagebrush Ranch in Reno. Since she lives locally, she was able to head home when news came in mid-March that the Sagebrush would be closing its doors immediately. But other “girls” who were “living at the brothel” weren’t as fortunate.
“The first couple of weeks, they let the girls [stay] that were homeless or lived too far away. Then everybody has to get out because at the end of the day … the brothel can’t just keep you there all the time without you working.”
Happier times at the Sagebrush — prior to the shutdown.
The ladies of @sagebrushranch are ready and waiting for you! Our St. Patrick’s Day crawl is underway!! @kikiloverkink @MacyyyMae @SbrBrite @baileypaige78 @bellahdahl @jordankadesbr pic.twitter.com/MzZn539E0S
— Kirsten Skye (@SbrSkye) March 15, 2020
It was unclear at press time whether Alice Little or Kiki Love have received stimulus checks.
RedState will stay all over this breaking story. Nah, I’m just messing with you.
All joking aside, this is just one more example of everyday Americans living under draconian shutdown rules; rules that might one day be viewed as over the top.