What’s Nevada have in common with corporate behemoths such as Amazon, Netflix and United Airlines?
According to the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, all are “Major Contributors to Sexual Exploitation.”
The Dirty Dozen List includes a number of corporations chastised for a variety of policies that perpetuate or fail to address alleged exploitation, including Massage Envy, Roku, Twitter, Google and HBO. Nevada is the only state on the list.
“Even when it is legalized, it is impossible to disentangle exploitation from prostitution,” says the NSEC, contrary to public officials who routinely point to sex trafficking throughout the nation as a counterargument to Nevada’s legal sex trade.
“Well, unfortunately there’s illegal trade all over the country,” Gov.-elect Steve Sisolak said in January, when asked about his efforts to combat sexual harassment. “And I think it’s a big jump to go from sexual harassment to brothels.”
“Human trafficking is a problem in Nevada just like it is everywhere else,” newly-appointed U.S. Attorney Nick Trutanich said last week, when asked about a team effort to fight sex-trafficking.
“While some may claim that legalization provides better regulation and increased safety — the truth is that sexual violence, racism, and socioeconomic disadvantages are inextricable from the prostitution experience,” says the NSEC.
“Legalized prostitution has led to an increase (not decrease) in the state’s illegal sex trade. In fact Nevada has the highest rates of an illegal sex trade in the country, adjusted for population. It is 63% higher than the next highest state of New York and double that of Florida.”
NSEC says instead of legalizing and “embracing sexual exploitation, prosecutors should focus on penalizing buyers of sex, and provide social services and job training to former prostitutes.