Brothel Law & Legal Definition


A brothel is a place of prostitution. They are illegal in almost all states. Legal brothels exist in Nevada and are subject to licensure by the state. By law, Nevada brothels can't advertise. Characteristics of Nevada brothels include:

1. They're out in the middle of the desert.

2. They require condoms.

3. The women are supposed to accept any customer.

4. They have no choice as do women working independently (and illegally).

5. There are no set prices because technically each woman is an independent contractor, not a brothel employee, so each has her own prices and list of what she'll do.

Various laws may be applicable to running a brothel, such as pandering and prostitution laws. The following is an example of an Arizona law defining a brothel:

"House of prostitution" means any building, structure or place used for the purpose of prostitution or lewdness or where acts of prostitution occur."