Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
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Legalized prostitution in Las Vegas began with the town's founding in 1905 and lasted until World War II. By researching legalized prostitution in Las Vegas from an economic and social standpoint as opposed to just a moral perspective, a broader picture emerged to show the changes that occurred. These changes were not unique to Las Vegas, but accompanied many other frontier towns of the West. The slow changes that began with some restriction on prostitution from the founding of Las Vegas within Block 16 of the original townsite and evolved to include pressure from the federal government to eliminate prostitution. Pressure from the federal government accompanied changes in attitude among the population that had once viewed legalized prostitution as a "necessary evil," but realized that it had no place in a modern resort city that Las Vegas evolved into after World War II.
Changing; End; Images; Legalized; Nevada; Prostitution; Vegas; Las Vegas
Prostitution; United States; History; Nevada$zLas Vegas
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Washburn, Sarah Hall, "Changing images: The end of legalized prostitution in Las Vegas" (1999). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1069.