Brothel owner Dennis Hof makes unusual offer

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Updated: 7/09/2014 9:33 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- Nevada brothel owner Dennis Hof is making an unusual offer.

Hof is asking the city of Phoenix, Arizona to allow legalized prostitution around the Super Bowl next year. He believes his idea will cut down on illegal sex trafficking.

Experts say illegal sex trafficking spikes around these types of events. Hof believes he knows how to fight it. "I'm saying to Phoenix, 'I'll give you a half million dollars. Let me open up 30 days before the Super Bowl and the golf tournament down there. Then allow me to stay open until 30 days after the event,'" said Hof.

In addition to giving the city a half-million dollars, Hof also said Phoenix could use the revenue generated by legalized prostitution. "I was born and raised in Phoenix, so I understand the sex trafficking problem there."

Hof said he already has people looking at real estate in Phoenix to set up a temporary shop. "Phoenix has got a lot of financial problems. There are lots of hotels and a hotel would work. I need a bar and it would be nice to have a restuarant and a bunch of rooms. That's really all you would need."

Hof insists his idea would work to curb illegal sex trafficking. "They won't go to the underaged girls. They won't put money into the hands of these ruthless pimps that are drug dealers and gun dealers. They'll spend the money in a legal, licensed place knowing the girls are tested and they are of age."

Not everyone agrees Hof's idea would work. "Acts that may cost several hundred dollars in a legalized brothel cost signficantly less out on the street," said Reno Police Department Street Enforcement Team Sergeant Ron Chalmers. "It's black market sex and that market will always exist."

Chalmers notes he is asked all the time if he thinks legalizing prostitution would stop sex trafficking. "No, I don't think it would," is his response. "The reality is we have legalized prostitution just 15 minutes away from downtown Reno and we have no shortage of customers or girls on the streets. Judging by our arrests during our sting operations, it's just easier, more convenient and cheaper for some than going to a brothel."

Hof disagrees with Chalmers' assessment. "You're never going to stop sex trafficking completely, but this is how you put a big dent in it because if there's a legal alternative, a client is going to the legal, for the most part."

"The Bunny Ranch is a 59-year-old 'social experiment' that works real good. We've got it down," Hof added. "We don't have pimps in Lyon County, we don't have illegal prostitutes walking the streets. Sex trafficking is a brutal business. Reno and Las Vegas need to wake up too."

Hof said he appeared on Meghan McCain's television program to promote his idea. She is the daughter of Arizona Senator John McCain. Hof said Meghan McCain was putting him in touch with her mom, Cindy McCain, who is an advocate against sex trafficking.

While Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton has spoken out against Hof's idea, Hof said he is sending out letters to other Arizona officials hoping to gain some support.
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Kramer - 7/11/2014 5:50 PM
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Hof is a boor, 2b sure. Yet, as I understand it, prostitution is legal in a number of developed countries, some even English-speaking; tho I realize women are coerced and tricked, like those from eastern Europe. still, in many 'civilized' countries, this is no big deal. "trafficking": i don't get it

jodywilliams - 7/11/2014 8:15 AM
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We gave a press conference in Nevada in 2008 showing the link between the highest trafficking in the USA in the state because of a direct link to the brothels that Dennis seems to forget. He seems to forget that our group has come to him more than once to ask him to help us with the trafficking problems that go on within the brothel industry - and he just says that he's "spent too much money recruiting these women to do anything to help them leave" and basically shut us out. In Amsterdam they've shut down the windows district because of the rise in sex trafficking and other crimes in connection with their legal brothels - and Australia has the same problem - that trafficking is actually higher where there's legal brothels and history and the fact show this. If he cared about helping trafficking victims - he would have helped us the 100 times I've asked him for help before or made some of the changes I've asked him to make to the system over the last couple of decades. He cares nothing about sex trafficking - and he's lying to the town and the public when he says the legal brothels as they exist are a solution to the trafficking problem. They could be redesigned to have an impact on trafficking - but Dennis and other brothel owners refuse because they want the women to come to work for them so they can get a piece of the action. But that's marketing for you.

Kramer - 7/10/2014 2:55 PM
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Hof is just trying to get a slice of the high-end Super Bowl action. They fly in from all over the country and operate with relative ease, because that's what Money can buy. I like the golf tournament Phoenix has-the Waste Management Tour of Chumpions. hey Hof: U need another "f' to become a golf gandolff, buddy.. or maybe an 'e", then you're a "hef". Or 'el jefe', no?

1renogirl - 7/10/2014 11:42 AM
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King of Sleeze...crawl back into your hole.

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