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Brothel: Mustang Ranch and Its Women [PDF / Epub] ★ Brothel: Mustang Ranch and Its Women By Alexa Albert – Thomashillier.co.uk When Harvard medical student Alexa Albert conducted a public health study as the Mustang Ranch brothel in Nevada, the only state in the union where prostitution is legal, neither she nor the brothel c When Harvard medical Ranch and Epub Þ student Alexa Albert conducted a public health study as the Mustang Ranch brothel in Nevada, the only state in the union where prostitution is legal, neither she nor the brothel could have predicted the end result Having Brothel: Mustang PDF or worked with homeless prostitutes in Times Square, Albert was intimate with human devastation cause by the sex trade, and curious to see if Nevada s brothels offered a less harmful model for a business that will always be with us The Mustang Ranch and ePUB ☆ Mustang Ranch has never before given an outsider such access, but fear of AIDS was hurting the business, and the Ranch was eager to get publicity for its rigorous standards of sexual hygiene Albert was drawn into the lives of the women of the Mustang Ranch, and what began as a public health project evolved into something intimate and ambitious, a six year study of the brothel ecosystem, its lessons and significance The women of the Mustang Ranch poured their stories out to Albert how they came to be there, their surprisingly deep sense of craft and vocation, how they reconciled their profession with life on the outside Dr Albert went as far into this world as it is possible to go some will say too far including sitting in on sessions with customers, and the result is a book that puts an unforgettable face on America s maligned and caricatured subculture From the Hardcover edition.


About the Author: Alexa Albert

Alexa Albert, MD Ranch and Epub Þ is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Medical School She has written and lectured widely on issue of public health and prostitution and was named on of Mirabella s , Women for the Nineties for her Brothel: Mustang PDF or work with Nevada s legal prostitutes She currently lives in Seattle.



10 thoughts on “Brothel: Mustang Ranch and Its Women

  1. Eric_W Eric_W says:

    Every time I take the California Zephyr and go through Reno, the On Board Chief of Services, or one of his minions, never fails to point out the famous Mustang Ranch, located in a secluded valley twenty some miles out of Sparks, Nevada If you ve ever been curious about what goes on, and why, in Nevada s brothels and the Mustang Ranch, in particular, you will find this a fascinating book I did Ms Albert, a public health specialist, had been interested for years in HIV and STD transmission and Every time I take the California Zephyr and go through Reno, the On Board Chief of Services, or one of his minions, never fails to point out the famous Mustang Ranch, located in a secluded valley twenty some miles out of Sparks, Nevada If you ve ever been curious about what goes on, and why, in Nevada s brothels and the Mustang Ranch, in particular, you will find this a fascinating book I did Ms Albert, a public health specialist, had been interested for years in HIV and STD transmission and condom usage She was curious to measure the impact of legalized prostitution on these parameters Her first overtures to George Flint, ordained minister, wedding chapel owner, and executive director for the Nevada Brothel Association, were rebuffed, but she didn give up Flint realized she was a serious researcher and paved the way for her to spend several weeks living not working at the famous Mustang Ranch in Storey County, near Reno not in Reno, and that distinction is important and has historical roots Brothels can only be licensed legally in counties, and Reno and Las Vegas have chosen not to do so That is itself an interesting story, because one of the staunch opponents of legalized prostitution in Las Vegas has been Steve Wynn, wealthy casino owner, who publicly argues that it tarnishes the image of Las Vegas, gambling and former mob mecca of the world Privately, many speculate that the real reason is that unlicensed, freelance prostitution, which thrives in Las Vegas, takes place in the hotels that own the casinos and therefore keeps the gamblers in the casinos where they belong The brothels are all located in remote areas, away from the cities and that takes money away from the casinos Brothels are prohibited from advertising, yet the freelancers have 140 pages in the Las Vegas Yellow Pages devoted to their activities which are completely unregulated A brothel can be a very substantial source of revenue for the county 4% of Storey County s total revenue in the case of the Mustang Annual license fees in the hundreds of thousands are not rare, and the associated employment brings in needed additional tax revenue Following the federal seizure of the Mustang Ranch for the failure of the owner to pay appropriate income taxes he was a fugitive in Brazil and hiding the revenue under a false corporation , the brothel has been shut down until the courts can decide on the legality of the appeal of the conviction The Feds had thought about running the brothel to bring in some revenue to pay the expenses of the prosecution, but that was deemed politically unwise The author came away from the experience a confirmed advocate of legalized prostitution Customers and prostitutes are safe and the regulation is intense Condom usage is mandatory, as are regular health checkups, and in fact no licensed prostitute has ever been diagnosed with HIV, although several applicants, who were refused licenses, had been It s ironic, but the johns have virtually no control over their experience at the brothel except for the selection of the girl, and even that is often out of their control If the word gets around that a particular john is impolite, routinely abusive, or just generally obnoxious, the word gets around, and the girls will walk him, i.e., quote impossibly high prices as independent contractors they set their own prices, returning 50% to the brothel , and soon the john leaves, frustrated to say the least In any case, the girls remain in complete control of the situation and each customer gets a thorough wash and genital examination to look for any sign of an STD Many of the women see themselves as providing a valuable public service, and from her interviews with many of the clients, Ms Albert would agree For many of the men, it s their only form of social contact, and many even become quite addicted to it, even to the point where they subsidize the girls beyond what happens in the building, giving them extra clothes, helping with moving, the rent, etc But to the majority of the women, a trick is still a trick, and they can be quite good at manipulating these relationships Most of them are in it for the money, which can be very good Some were persuaded by husbands, others by mothers , most by financial necessity, but many have worked for many years Several insisted they can completely separate their professional lives from their personal, insisting they maintain a normal life at home with their husbands and families But despite its legalization, the life lacks legitimacy, and those who work in the brothels as barkeeps, maids, vendors, and prostitutes develop a sense of community and family that provides structure and support that they often lack elsewhere The brothel had provided an income as well as friendship, compassion, trust and hope for countless women and men In many ways, Mustang Ranch picked up where society had dropped the ball It had provided a safe, nonjudgmental, economically sound work environment and a fair way for a community of several dozen women and their familles to meet their most basic needs Whatever you think of prostitution and its legalization, this is an essential and very interesting read


  2. Lauren Lauren says:

    Alexa Albert s study in Nevada s well known and now defunct Mustang Ranch brothel was a fascinating read Albert lobbied the Nevada Brothel Association, for three years in order to conduct a public health study, and was finally given admittance Nevada is the only state in the U.S that has legal brothels.Albert wanted to study condom use and measures to prevent the spread of STDs No public health official, or doctor had ever conducted a study in a brothel, seemingly the most obvious place to Alexa Albert s study in Nevada s well known and now defunct Mustang Ranch brothel was a fascinating read Albert lobbied the Nevada Brothel Association, for three years in order to conduct a public health study, and was finally given admittance Nevada is the only state in the U.S that has legal brothels.Albert wanted to study condom use and measures to prevent the spread of STDs No public health official, or doctor had ever conducted a study in a brothel, seemingly the most obvious place to learn about it Albert begins the book talking about her study, but the rest of the book isof a journalistic style, reporting on the lives and trials of the Mustang Ranch prostitutes She became friends with some of the women, and continues to correspond with them, even after Mustang Ranch was shut down by the IRS in the late 1990s


  3. BookMarc BookMarc says:

    Culture is a strange thing Depending on where you live in the world prostitution is either accepted or illegal and here in the United States it s evenstrange as it s accepted nowhere other than in Nevada Even then it s only legal in licensed brothels such as The Mustang Ranch While it s legal and provides a high percentage of income for local government it s still not the type of business that is embraced or advertised publicly and is associated with a look the other way mentality.Due Culture is a strange thing Depending on where you live in the world prostitution is either accepted or illegal and here in the United States it s evenstrange as it s accepted nowhere other than in Nevada Even then it s only legal in licensed brothels such as The Mustang Ranch While it s legal and provides a high percentage of income for local government it s still not the type of business that is embraced or advertised publicly and is associated with a look the other way mentality.Due to the attitude towards brothels, and prostitution in general, Alexa Albert took it upon herself to investigate the day to day practices of the brothels, its workers and its customers Integrating herself into the Mustang Ranch by living there she became close with many of the workers and documented her findings and attitudes in Brothel Mustang Ranch and its Women Brothel is a very informative book that humanizes the sex industry in relation to the Mustang Ranch It s also a very complicated industry which the author does her best to understand even going to the lengths of watching the actual act of prostitution taking place Albert s greatest strength is also her greatest weakness in that she becomes emotionally close to some of the workers As such she is allowed greater access into how they feel, what they think, how they cope etc but at the same time that causes her to lose her objectivity as she has an emotional connection to her subjects Calling the workers her subjects is almost dehumanizing them on my part as they become friends of hers and Albert becomes someone who they can confide in.One aspect that I took away from reading this book is that there is no set personality when it comes to who ends up in prostitution Women from all walks of life turn to one of the world s oldest industry However, none of them are ever there due to it being a career choice brought about by their love of the industry Many were prostituting due to financial hardship while others were drawn towards the high earning potential even if they weren t experiencing hardship of there own In many ways I ended up admiring the choice that these women had made, particularly those who were selling their bodies, so their children could have a better life Sadly though as working at the Mustang Ranch meant being confined to the brothel for three weeks at a time, and sometimes , their children missed out on time spent with their mothers.I was surprised to learn that a fair percentage of the women enjoyed the sex they provided and often experienced orgasms Unfortunately, even within such a stigmatized industry, those women were further stigmatized by some of their fellow workers who considered enjoying the prostitution a disgusting practice.As much as the author analyzes and interprets the situations, conditions and experiences of the working girls the true beauty of this book lays in the human aspect Regardless of whether they are working in a stigmatized industry, ultimately, the females who prostitute themselves are just like you and I and that shines through in the narrative.The one problem I had with this book, and it s not something that can be avoided, is that it s dated It was published back in 2001 when Mustang Ranch had been shut down by government agencies and so it ends with the future of the ranch still in limbo I do believe it was rebuilt at another site and is now running under new ownership Also, some of the laws that applied back then that are issues in the book have now changed such as brothels, and the sex workers themselves, not being able to advertise themselves With the onset of the internet clients can book a time, their woman of choice and agree a price long before they even visit a brothel.If you have an interest in human sexuality then I would certainly recommend this book as it covers a lot of different aspects such sexual health, prostitution, attitudes towards brothels and the sex itself What it isn t is a book full of licentiousness, seediness and cheap thrills as the subject matter is handled in a mature and professional way


  4. okyrhoe okyrhoe says:

    A well written, balanced, and informative inside look into the sex services industry in Nevada, USA.What I learned from this book Although legalized brothels offer a work environment for women in the sex trade that is vastly preferable to any other presently existing option, there is still vast room for improvement The women don t appear to be suffering in any major way, and yet it s obvious that there exists a substantial unregulated gray area within the owner management employee relationshi A well written, balanced, and informative inside look into the sex services industry in Nevada, USA.What I learned from this book Although legalized brothels offer a work environment for women in the sex trade that is vastly preferable to any other presently existing option, there is still vast room for improvement The women don t appear to be suffering in any major way, and yet it s obvious that there exists a substantial unregulated gray area within the owner management employee relationship permitting management owners to take monetary advantage of the women, if they so wish The author repeatedly illustrates how management didn t acutally respect women s status as independent contractors, thereby allowing for various little and not so little ways in which management and third parties eg taxi cab drivers whittle away at the women s profit margins I wonder if today the women in the industry have come together into some form of trade association so that they too can lobby influence county state officials to legislate for the prostitutes, not only for the brothel owners s behalf Is it too much to ask for a prostitute owned operated establishment, where pro prostitute rules and regulations could be applied, and where the prostitutes have full autonomy, not the pseudo independent contractor status that exists or existed at the time of the writing of this book Incidentally, I watched the HBO series on the Nevada brothel industry a couple of years ago before reading this book I recall being uncomfortable about the overly cheerful way things were presented in the series featuring the Moonlite Bunny Ranch run by Dennis Hof, who appears at the end of A Albert s book , and now I know my gut feelings were right.There s a lot of information the HBO series left out intentionally or not and compared to A Albert s better researched book, it now is obvious the HBO show approximates an infomercialthan anything else


  5. Jess Jess says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Maybe i just have a warm fuzzy feeling from this book because i read it while at Governor s School The library at Mercyhurst College is gorgeous I was still in high school so i admit i was looking for a book to fuel a pervy fantasy That s not what i got from the book, but i kept reading anyway A female journalist s visits to a legal brother in Nevada She visits many times It s a really human portrayal of sex workers as the writer develops apersonal connection with the ladies inside Maybe i just have a warm fuzzy feeling from this book because i read it while at Governor s School The library at Mercyhurst College is gorgeous I was still in high school so i admit i was looking for a book to fuel a pervy fantasy That s not what i got from the book, but i kept reading anyway A female journalist s visits to a legal brother in Nevada She visits many times It s a really human portrayal of sex workers as the writer develops apersonal connection with the ladies inside though she calls them girls.This book didn t change my life, but it did spark a curiosity It would be best read with a searching critical eye why these women are marked as a curiosity what the prejudices the writer has to put aside before having a fulfilling experience.SPOILER NEXT I have to say, i was a little disappointed that the author didn t start working at the ranch near the end of the book


  6. Jessie Jessie says:

    Alexa Albert was a PhD student studying public health who got special permission from a brothel in Nevada to stay on the premises and observe the brothel culture She got to interview the working women and find out how they got to where they are, the type of customers they attract, the rules and regulations of the business and their personal lives Staying in the brothel for an extended period of time, the women were skeptical of Alberts at first, but then grew to develop a trusting relationship Alexa Albert was a PhD student studying public health who got special permission from a brothel in Nevada to stay on the premises and observe the brothel culture She got to interview the working women and find out how they got to where they are, the type of customers they attract, the rules and regulations of the business and their personal lives Staying in the brothel for an extended period of time, the women were skeptical of Alberts at first, but then grew to develop a trusting relationship with the author Of all the memoirs and biographies read, this was one of my favorites and one of the ones I have passed on to many friends and family members Albert is one of the only people to capture an accurate portrayal of the legal prostitution scene and the inner workings of a brothel


  7. Clare Clare says:

    I admit that I am confused about why any woman would choose to become a prostitute and work in a brothel Author Alexa Albert did too She lived at and visited the famed Mustang Ranch in Nevada as part of her dissertation and then wrote a book about her experience She s not an easy writer to read There is no cohesiveness, no flow, no guidance when she narrates this book I gave up reading this partly because of the writing, and partly because I m not learning anything new about either legal or I admit that I am confused about why any woman would choose to become a prostitute and work in a brothel Author Alexa Albert did too She lived at and visited the famed Mustang Ranch in Nevada as part of her dissertation and then wrote a book about her experience She s not an easy writer to read There is no cohesiveness, no flow, no guidance when she narrates this book I gave up reading this partly because of the writing, and partly because I m not learning anything new about either legal or illegal prostitution that a season of Law Order SVU couldn t teach me But I did add Best Little Whorehouse in Texas to my Netflix queue


  8. Manda Manda says:

    Predictable Her puritanical and pre feminist preconceptions are shattered when, after a short stay at The Ranch she finds hookers with a heart of gold and strangely enough, that people tend to form social groups based on altered s when they are thrown together living and working at the ranch What individuals that pay for sex or get paid to perform sex acts are people too huh It was interesting to learn about the inner workings of legalized prostitution and the impact on the loc Predictable Her puritanical and pre feminist preconceptions are shattered when, after a short stay at The Ranch she finds hookers with a heart of gold and strangely enough, that people tend to form social groups based on altered s when they are thrown together living and working at the ranch What individuals that pay for sex or get paid to perform sex acts are people too huh It was interesting to learn about the inner workings of legalized prostitution and the impact on the local state political economy but the social commentary was a bit much to stomach


  9. Michelle Michelle says:

    BOOOORRRRING I couldn t get through the fourth chapter I was interested in what the inner workings of a brothel might be, but honestly all this lady talks about is the appearance of some of the women and some boring conversations they have while painting their nails In short it is just like hanging out at home, waiting for someone to show up to pay you for sex hmmmm that gives me an idea Can I start charging my husband LMAO


  10. Sarah Sarah says:

    Truly, this is such a fascinating topic In Brothel, Alexa Albert recounts her time spent in one of Nevada s most famous brothels as she grapples with the idea of women selling sex.Some have criticized Albert for going too far at one point, she sits in on a session with a prostitute and her customer , but to me it seemed necessary in terms of her personal progress To really come to terms with the nature of sex work, she had to put aside stereotypes and previous socialization to understand just Truly, this is such a fascinating topic In Brothel, Alexa Albert recounts her time spent in one of Nevada s most famous brothels as she grapples with the idea of women selling sex.Some have criticized Albert for going too far at one point, she sits in on a session with a prostitute and her customer , but to me it seemed necessary in terms of her personal progress To really come to terms with the nature of sex work, she had to put aside stereotypes and previous socialization to understand just what happened from start to finish It s much easier to make premature judgements when we re ignorant an honest assessment only comes with knowledge It s no surprise that Albert s writing unearthed plenty of contradictions, complex dynamics, and unique variables seemingly inherent in the world of prostitution Where everyone shows up for different reasons, and with unique backgrounds, there are bound to be a wide variety of experiences and perspectives.Indeed, through her experiences, Albert was able to highlight and validate all the typical arguments both for and against legalized prostitution Everything from women as victims to women empowered was described in the tales of Mustang Ranch s working girls Long story short, there is no fast and easy answer in terms of prostitution no specific factor that contributes to women getting or staying in this line of work But one thing is undoubtedly true this is an age old profession and one that isn t going away anytime soon whether it s legal or criminalized It seems a reasonable conclusion, then, that if we can t stop it, we might as well understand it, regulate it, and make it as safe and healthy as possible for all those involved


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