Nye County, Who Owns Your Brothels?
Posted by Dennis Hof on November 30, 2017
This past May, I was accused of violating Nye County brothel laws because authorities believed that medical cards at one of my brothels were not in order. This turned out to merely be a misunderstanding and charges against me were eventually dropped.
While no one appreciates being charged with a violation they did not commit, I understand that law enforcement officials are often times aggressive when it comes to Nye County brothels. Nevada is the only state that allows for legal prostitution and no one wants unscrupulous individuals to slip through the cracks and take advantage of the system. If our law enforcement officials are lax when it comes to brothels, the excellent reputation of our adult entertainment industry could be sullied by dishonest brothel owners, and a well-established industry that supports taxpaying sex workers, courteous clients, and a fine community could be in jeopardy.
As I currently explore selling one or more of my brothel properties, and acquiring others, I was reminded of something that may have been ignored by county officials for quite some time: It appears that several of the individuals who have a vested interest in the Nye County brothels not owned by me may be reaping the benefits of co-ownership without being properly vetted by the county.
This bothers me, especially when you take into consideration that my name was recently all over the papers over accusations that were not only unfounded, but arguably less grave than having veiled investors in brothel businesses.
You see, the cornerstone of Nye County’s legal prostitution industry is a portion of the law stating that “Every person wishing to engage in the business of conducting a house of prostitution” must undergo a “full investigation” by the Sheriff. This ensures that the business is pure and aboveboard from the top down, and that no businessperson with ill intentions will be even partially involved with an establishment that could, if ill-run, negatively impact the health, safety, and reputation of the sex workers, clients, and local community.
I currently own three of the five brothels in Nye County. This crucial aspect of Nevada brothel law, the vetting of all owners associated with a brothel via a thorough investigation, may not be observed by the Nye County bordellos not owned by me. Through my recent business discussions, I’ve come to understand that there may be several investors in the two non-Hof brothels that have not undergone proper scrutiny from county officials.
It is true that I am a somewhat polarizing figure in this state, and, yes, some of the residents of Nye County may have beliefs and views that are contradictory to my own. But I strongly feel that you know I am a person who stands firm for what he believes in, and that I will defend my employees, my businesses, and my political views publicly and with a great deal of audacity. The situation with basketball star Lamar Odom’s overdose at one of my brothels two years ago, which was not the fault of my brothel staff, is a good example of my fortitude under intense scrutiny and pressure. The sex workers in my employ know what kind of man they’re partnering with. They trust me to be authentic, transparent, and forthright as a businessman. More importantly, my employees know that they work for a person with a trusted and vetted background.
People of Nye County, you may love me. You may hate me. But you know me. You know me as a Nevada resident of 42 years. You know me as a local businessman. You know me as a nationally publicized media personality. And you know me as person with political aspirations and high hopes for the future of Nye County.
So, in the interest of ensuring that the County is as wonderful a place to live as we strive for it to be, I put these questions to you, the residents of Nye County: Who owns your brothels? Do these clandestine investors live in the state? Do they even live in the USA? Do they have criminal records?
Do you care? You should — and so should your County officials.