American brothels have been around even before the United States was really a country. Designated districts for sexual services and "cathouses" are a part of US history that some think are no longer applicable in the 21st century. However, while "the oldest profession" is prohibited almost everywhere in the country, there are still legal establishments in operation. Yet you may be wondering how such work is legal in the US.
Similar to other countries where prostitution is legal, the laws surrounding "houses of assignation" are a little complicated. Each establishment is slightly different and operates in various ways, ranging from set menus to line-ups of girls. One thing that is almost certain is that most assumptions people make about women (or men) in these legal establishments are wrong. There are strict laws governing the houses, they are not a breeding ground for STDs, and none of the women are forced to be there.
Whether you support such businesses (in theory or monetarily) or oppose them, it's hard to deny that they're a fascinating phenomenon. Read on below to learn more about establishments that house American's oldest profession - but you may find yourself caught off guard by what really goes on behind their closed doors.
American Bawdy Houses Have Existed At Least As Far Back As The 1600s
Sexual Services Work Was Deemed Unlawful In The United States In The 1900s
Nevada Is The Only State Where Cathouses Are Legal
Currently, There Are At Least 20 Legal Establishments For Sexual Services
In Other Parts Of The Country, Cathouses Masquerade As Massage Parlors
Industry Workers Are Regularly Tested For STDs