Nevada brothels that cater to long-haul truckers are offering gas cards and other promotions after seeing business decline as much as a fourth from a year ago, industry officials said.
Geoffrey Arnold, president of the Nevada Brothel Owners' Association, said truckers account for up to three-fourths of business at the state's rural brothels along Interstate 80 and U.S. Highway 95.
....Of Nevada's 28 legal brothels, 16 are located in rural areas that are being hurt by truckers' higher diesel costs, Arnold said. Brothels closer to Reno and Las Vegas, which rely more on tourists and conventioneers, say business is up this year.
Nevada is the nation's only state that allows brothels. Prostitution is legal in 10 of Nevada's 17 counties, but it's illegal in the Reno and Las Vegas metropolitan areas.
In response to a 5 percent drop in business, the Shady Lady Ranch along U.S. 95 about 150 miles north of Las Vegas plans to offer $50 gas cards to clients who spend $300 and $100 gas cards to those who spend $500.
....Under a promotion at the Moonlite Bunny Ranch near Carson City, the first 100 customers who arrive with government-stimulus checks receive twice the services for the same regular price.
"We're calling it double your stimulus," said BunnyRanch owner Dennis Hof.