Las Vegas Area Legal Brothels vs. Massage Parlors, Escort Services, and Freelance Prostitutes
Prostitution is legal in Nevada at licensed brothels, and the best 100% legal brothels in Nevada are located right next door to Las Vegas (more on legal brothels below).
But prostitution is illegal in Clark County where Las Vegas is located. That doesn’t mean it’s not available. There are massage parlors, escort services, and pros you can meet online or in bars or occasionally in strip clubs or even on the street—it’s just that paying these establishments or professionals for sex is illegal outside of a brothel.
That means if you decide to hire an escort outside of a legal brothel, there are some risks and hurdles you’ll have to get through.
This article covers Las Vegas legal brothels, freelance prostitutes, escort services and massage parlors, and private show alternatives at the strip clubs. Click a link to skip straight to that section.
I also cover brothel prices and how to negotiate for the services you want (click here).
I’ll give you an idea of standard prices and practices for each alternative, a description of what each experience is like, and the pros and cons of a legal brothel vs. hiring an escort. I’m going to speak plainly so you can make an informed decision.
Freelance Vegas Escorts
Freelance escorts are women who sell sexual services. They handle their own bookings and marketing rather than obtaining clients through a brothel or escort service.
You can meet these women in a casino bar. (Just sit alone in most any bar on the Strip late at night and you’ll be approached.) You can meet these women on Fremont Street late at night or in other areas frequented by streetwalkers (e.g. west of I15 on Trop). Occasionally you will meet one of these women in a strip club. Or you can find these women online at one of the sites that take their ads. Eros.com is one of the better-known, better-run sites, though probably only half of the women are true freelancers (the other half are being advertised by a service).
If you’re making arrangements with a freelancer you’ve found in a bar, obviously you can see what you’re getting. Just don’t try to talk about services or prices in the bar. Instead, invite the woman up to your room for a drink, and let her guide you through negotiations there in the way she must to avoid potential harassment from cops.
How to Find Independent Escorts Online
If you’re making arrangements with a girl you found online, you will actually get that girl unless the ad has really been placed by a service, in which case the girl you’re trying to hire may be a model rather than a real escort. What you won’t know in advance is whether the woman has put on 30 pounds, or been hospitalized with a wasting disease, since her photos were taken. Also, it can be hard to tell whether you’re dealing with an independent or a service just by looking at the ad.
At Eros, look for “authenticated” escorts. These are women who have provided ID or other proof that they are indeed the advertiser and the person who appears in the ad pictures. Also, if finding an independent is important to you, look for the ads of women who openly talk in their ad about being independent. Note that the word “independent” in the vital statistics doesn’t mean she’s really independent–even women who work for services are technically “independent.”
Also, if you email Candy, and a girl calls the number you’ve provided in your email and says, “I’m Candy,” it’s probably Candy. Tell her that you specifically want Candy, so that she understands you won’t pay if someone else shows up. If the girl who calls tells you that she answers the phone for the girls, you’re probably dealing with a service. Be sure to ask, because it will make a significant difference in the price.
If you’re interested in reading other men’s reviews of the escort you’re considering, you might want to consider a membership in one of the review sites, like TER (theeroticreview.com) or eccie.net. The reviews can be quite enlightening. These sites also provide discreet identity verification services for both you and the escort.
Prices for Independent Courtesans
The price for bare minimum services may run you $100 to $200 with a prostitute you find on the street in Vegas. This might be for something like a hand job in your hotel room. Intercourse plus oral sex will generally cost you $500 in Vegas with a woman who is truly independent, but may cost more depending on exactly what you want and how much time you want to spend with her. Some top freelancers have prices starting at $1500 or higher.
For example, a friend found a pro in a high-end strip club who charged $1000 to meet later that night. There was no agency fee or cabbie kickback to cover because he met her directly instead of through a service. They spent about two hours together. I myself have run into a few dancers who offered full sexual services for prices ranging from $500 to $1000 for an hour or two. If you want a full girlfriend experience with an escort or other pro you find in Las Vegas, there will be an additional hourly charge for the extra time, but it won’t be at the rate you pay for actual sex.
There are special hurdles you have to get through when paying for illegal sex, as well as special risks, whether you’re engaging the services of a freelancer or a woman you find through an escort service. These are covered in the escort section below.
How to Hire a Prostitute Through an Escort Service
There are brochures and flyers for escort services all over town, and you can find more escort services online.
If you engage sexual services through an escort service, be aware in advance that the women on those flyers you see on the Strip or downtown are probably not the women who will show up at your hotel room for your date. The women in those flyers are mostly models. The women who show up from all but the highest-priced services are attractive but more ordinary-looking women.
If you call up the number in the brochure and ask for a specific girl you found there, the service may tell you she’s not available, but that they can send you someone similar. And they will try to send you someone close to that type. Sometimes they’ll just send someone similar without telling you in advance. But whether they tell you or not, you should be as clear as possible on the phone about what type of woman you’re looking for. If it’s important to you that she wear stockings and a garter belt, be sure to say that too.
Whether you call up a service or an independent, the woman who answers the phone will usually ask where you’re staying, including the room number, and the name you’re registered under at the hotel. Then they will call you back at your room to verify that you’re really you and not a prank caller. This also provides a degree of safety to the woman.
Prices for Escorts You Meet Through a Service
Prostitutes you meet through an escort service will cost an extra $150 to $300 for bare minimum services because of the fee the agency charges for sending the girl. If you get referred to the service by a cabbie or limo driver or hotel concierge or casino host, the agency fee will be at the high end of that range or even higher, because they have to pay a kickback to the person who referred you. (This kickback has run $150 to $250 in recent years.)
Then, on top of the agency fee, you pay a “tip” to the pro for her services. Pros you meet through an agency may charge $500 to $600–not counting the agency fee–for standard services for an hour.
When you call an escort service, the fee that they’ll quote you will be strictly the agency’s fee for sending you a girl for a striptease. Don’t think that you’ll be getting actual sex for the $300 agency fee.
Handling Your First Meeting with an Escort from a Service
Once the girl from the agency arrives at your room, you will pay her the nonrefundable agency fee if you like the way she looks, and only then will she begin to negotiate with you for actual services beyond disrobing. (Take another look at the prices mentioned above and be realistic in your negotiations.)
This is where things may get difficult with an escort from an agency. You may have just paid a $200 or $300 agency fee with no guarantee that you’ll be able to reach a deal for the services you wanted in the first place. Unlike at a brothel, you are starting off negotiations at a disadvantage from the money you’ve already had to advance.
When you start negotiations, remember that the money you are paying must cover not only the woman’s services, but also her business overhead. Also, a woman you engage through an agency must tip out about 20% of her earnings from you to the agency phone girl who sent her. An agency phone girl is a kind of call girl dispatcher.
If you really can’t work out a deal, the girl will leave with the agency fee and usually (but not always) the agency will be willing to send a different girl for no additional fee. They will even send a third girl, if you can’t reach a deal with the second one who shows up. The reason is that the phone girl makes her money from the call girl’s tip out, so she has an incentive to help you reach a deal with someone. By the time the agency sends a second or third girl, if necessary, everyone has a better idea of what you’re looking for and can afford.
Another hurdle you will have to get through is that, unlike negotiations in a legal brothel, all discussion about prices and services will have to be very vague until the woman can determine that you’re not a cop. This means that instead of asking “How much for a blowjob?”, you have to talk vaguely about how much you have to spend that night, or ask about the woman’s “usual tip.”
The pretense is that she’s coming to your room to give you a legal, private striptease in exchange for the agency fee. You give her a nice tip for her striptease performance because you’re a generous man. So far, that’s all legal. What happens beyond that is just free consensual sex between two adults, which is legal as well. Get it?
Determining that you’re not a cop will usually involve getting you into some state of undress, or engaging in some degree of intimate contact, if she hasn’t already prescreened you and confirmed your identity. If you resist, she’ll be suspicious. She will remove clothes too.
Pros vs. Cons of a Brothel vs an Escort or Independent
At a Brothel You Can See What You’re Getting
One important advantage of a brothel is that you get to actually meet the women in the house and flirt with them before making a decision. That means you’ll actually be getting someone who turns you on, someone with whom you have chemistry.
Escort services pass out cards and flyers with photos of gorgeous women on them, but again, all of these women are models, not the actual women who will show up at your room. If you’ve picked a photo of a blond, they’ll send you a blond. Now, there you are with this woman at your door who is nothing like what you expected. You don’t really want her. What do you do?
Sex at a Brothel is 100% Legal
Another advantage of dealing with a brothel is that the service is 100% legal. You’re not going to have to worry about getting arrested for saying the wrong thing to an undercover cop.
The vice cops in Vegas arrest roughly 300 to 600 men a year for solicitation for prostitution. If you get arrested, you’ll have to pay attorney’s fees and a large fine, plus return to Vegas yet another time for “john school,” which will cost you still more. And if the cops arrest you in your car, you’ll have to pay a large towing fee.
Prices are Roughly Comparable
The main pro of dealing with an independent you choose online or a hooker on the street is that you may be able to save some money. A woman you meet through an escort service will usually end up costing about the same as a woman in a brothel by the time you include the agency fee and the extra money she must charge to tip the phone girl and cover her overhead.
Brothels are Less Risky–No Disease, No Pimps, No Scams
Even when you can save a little money, there’s a lot more risk in dealing with a freelancer or a woman from an escort service. There are no guaranteed regular health checks as there are in the legal brothels, where there has never been a single case of a courtesan having HIV. Condoms are not mandatory on the street as they are in the brothels. You may personally dislike condoms, but if you’re having sex with a woman who has sex for a living, you will likely feel some comfort in knowing you’re treating your own body respectfully by not risking the misery of an STD.
And if you engage the services of a freelance prostitute–especially one you meet on the street or in a hotel bar–you might run into a pimp, or a boyfriend, or a husband. That type of danger is nonexistent in a legal brothel.
Also, freelance prostitutes in Vegas and elsewhere have been known to do things like slip their clients knock-out drugs and take their watches and all their money. It doesn’t happen every time, but it happens. This scam has also been used by women posing as tourists who are looking for a vacation fling. But it never happens in a legal brothel. To work in a brothel, a woman must obtain a state license which she cannot get without a thorough background check. There is no law requiring women you meet in a bar to have state licenses obtained with background checks.
And you can’t trust cabbies to tell you where you can get sex. Cabbies have gotten bribes of as much as $180 dollars a head to deliver customers to Vegas massage parlor clip joints (places where they charge a customer $500 by implying he’ll get sex with his massage, but don’t deliver; when the customer complains, security boots him).
Some escort services run a similar scam. A beautiful girl arrives at your door and you eagerly pay a $200-$300 agency fee before you find out she’s unwilling to work for less than $2000. Some illegal escorts in Vegas make a living off collecting agency fees and then delivering nothing.
If you gamble at a level where you have a casino host in Las Vegas, you can ask your host for a recommendation, but be aware that his kickback will be added to your fee, which means that you will be paying about the same you’d pay at a brothel. If you’re not a gambler, you might ask your hotel concierge (again, his kickback will raise your fee).
Either source will have to face you again, so you are more likely to get a decent referral than you are with a cabbie, but it’s not guaranteed. A friend who plays high-stakes blackjack was offered one of the casino cocktail waitresses by his host. The girl looked great, so he accepted, but he said later that the girl was not enthusiastic and he felt guilty about the experience.
Las Vegas Brothels – Prices, Services, and What to Expect
Risk-Free Sex with a Hot Stranger
The Nye County brothels range from the luxurious Love Ranch Vegas (website), playground of Hollywood and sports stars, to the laid-back, friendly Alien Cathouse (website), to Sheri’s Ranch (website), where the accommodations range from small, clean and functional to larger, more elegant suites and mini-suites with jacuzzis for an extra fee.
At each of these brothels, you can check out the women available that week or in coming weeks online and make an appointment with a specific woman by email before you arrive.
You can also just show up whenever you want. The Las Vegas area brothels are open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. The minimum age to enjoy the services of a legal Nevada brothel is 21.
As soon as you get buzzed into the establishment, you’ll usually find a “line-up” of available ladies waiting to greet you. They’ll be dressed nicely, often in outfits that show their shapes, but never naked or even topless. You’ll be invited right off the bat to choose the girl you like, and if you do, she’ll take your hand and immediately escort you to a room to negotiate the services desired and her price. She’ll be good at drawing you out about what would make you happy, and you shouldn’t be shy about telling her.
But if you’d rather sit down and have a drink to unwind before choosing a girl, just tell the house mother you’d prefer to have a drink first, in which case you’ll be waved into the bar. This is not unusual. A lot of guys take their time.
At the bar, you’ll be able to see most if not all of the women who were in the line-up, sitting around chatting with each other or with other customers who are also in there having a drink. As you relax with your drink, the girls will approach you one at a time and sit down next to you just to make small talk and flirt to see if they might be your type. They don’t try to hustle you or hurry you up. If there’s a girl in there you’re interested in, she’ll usually notice you eyeing her and will approach you.
How to Negotiate in a Vegas Area Brothel
The ladies will not discuss prices or services in the barroom. Again, if you want to talk business, the woman of your choice will lead you into a room where you can talk in private. Be blunt. If there’s something specific you want, tell her. If you’re short on cash for what you want, she’ll tell you there’s an ATM machine right there in the facility. The Vegas area legal brothels also accept traveler’s checks and major credit cards (they use “discreet billing”).
Every Nevada brothel has a house minimum price. In the legal brothels near Las Vegas, it’s now around $150-200. This price might cover sexual non-sex (maybe you’d like a simple striptease or erotic massage, or you want to give a naked girl a foot massage). Or it might cover a massage with a happy ending. Or a blowjob.
A half hour to 40 minutes of intercourse and oral sex will usually run at least $500 in the Vegas-area brothels. An hour will typically run $700 to as much as $2500 with a top girl. If you’re Lamar Odom at the Love Ranch Vegas, staying in the Dennis Hof suite with four girls, the charge may run $25k a night. The Review Journal reported about a year ago that the average transaction at Sheri’s Ranch was roughly $900. The woman you have sex with splits your payment with the house.
Once you’ve told a woman the services you’d like and she tells you her price, there is some room to negotiate. For example, you may be quoted a price of $1000 for a half-and-half (intercourse and oral sex). If you counter-offer $500 to $700 in some non-offensive way, perhaps for less time, you will probably be able to reach a deal. Tell the woman you’ve chosen that she’s the most beautiful woman you’ve ever seen, and she definitely is worth $1000, but you need to keep enough money to pay the parking garage at the airport at home when you pick up your car.
One negotiating trick you might want to try is to be the first to name a price. Experienced negotiators call this “anchoring.” If the courtesan names a price of $4500 to start off negotiations, you may find yourself agreeing to $2200 because by comparison it seems cheap. But if you start the negotiations by saying, “I know escorts online charge around $500 an hour, would that be appropriate?” the ultimate price you settle on will likely be closer to the house norm.
So use anchoring to get a little extra bargaining power. Another way to save money is to go at a slower time–midweek in the afternoon rather than at peak hours on a big fight weekend, for example. Or go for a shorter time–you can have a lot of fun in a brothel in half an hour.
But definitely don’t use an insult to get a lower price. You want an enthusiastic co-participant in this adventure.
And be aware that different women will have different prices. That girl who looks like she just stepped off a Hollywood film set may in fact have just stepped off a Hollywood film set. She may have a higher price than the norm.
I can tell you that I have friends who headed over to Vegas-area brothels recently determined to spend no more than $500, who ended up spending $700 (for an hour on a midweek afternoon) to $2200 (for an hour on a big sports weekend in Vegas) and reported the experience was worth every penny. If you’d like to see what a brothel negotiation looks like, read our reporter’s account of his negotiations at Sheri’s Ranch.
I’ve enjoyed the services of brothels myself. The memories still bring a smile.
In most of the larger Nevada brothels, there are women who can cater to most fetishes. If you’re into kinky stuff—bdsm, spanking, anal sex, unusual role-play, whatever—they’ll often have specialists to accommodate you. The weirder your desires, the more you should expect to pay.
The Vegas area brothels also welcome couples as customers. Courtesans always set their own prices, but as a general rule you should expect to pay at least 50% more for a couple, and a courtesan may require a longer minimum time that takes the price closer to twice the norm for a solo guy.
A Girlfriend Experience
If you’d like to arrange for an entire evening with the woman of your choice–taking her to dinner and maybe a show or some gambling and generally flirting before getting to bed, often with kissing included, that can be arranged with the women at the Vegas-area brothels too. Again, just expect to pay an extra charge for the extra time.
What Happens After You Agree on a Price
Once you agree on services and price—and before the courtesan takes your money—she’ll examine your dick, looking for any sores, lesions, growths, dripping fluids, horrible smells, rashes, pimples, or oozing blisters. (If you’ve got any kind of condition like this, don’t go to a brothel because you won’t be served.)
Assuming your dick passes inspection, she’ll inform you that condoms are required for every sex act that would involve your dick. You’d be wasting your time trying to negotiate a price for sex without a condom. The state of Nevada has undercover health inspectors who visit brothels regularly to try to negotiate for unprotected sex, and any girl who agrees to accommodate such wishes will be fired on the spot and never work again in a legal Nevada brothel.
Again, this is one of the reasons why sex in a legal brothel is so safe in Nevada. All ladies are tested for STDs regularly and STDs are virtually unheard of in brothels in this state. This is the safest sex you can ever have with a stranger.
After concluding your negotiations, the lady will take your money and leave the room to inform the establishment how long you’ll be using the room and her services. She will instruct you to undress, shower and get ready for her while she’s out of the room.
Generally she will return within a couple of minutes and then she will carry out the services you have paid her for.
Brothel/Escort/Private Show Etiquette
Shower before, and brush your teeth.
Be courteous and generous with compliments. Don’t let the fact that she’s a sex worker make you forget that she’s a woman. Don’t be coarse. Talk to her as if she were any other woman that you might like to see again.
Never be rough unless this is something you specifically negotiated, and don’t go beyond the bounds of what she has agreed to. Always respect her boundaries.
Don’t negotiate over small price differences as if you were haggling over a used car. If she says $1200, and all you can afford is $600, that’s something to discuss. If she says $600, don’t try to dicker the price to $550, or you’ll offend her.
Best Brothels Within an Hour of the Las Vegas Strip – Reviews
Love Ranch Vegas
Crystal, NV 89060
Love Ranch Vegas is the most luxurious brothel in the Vegas area, a favorite of Hollywood and sports stars located about an hour west of the Las Vegas Strip by NV-160 W or US-95 N.
Love Ranch Vegas features all large and well-appointed rooms with beautiful hardwood floors, as well as multi-bedroom suites with private entrances and bathrooms you could get lost in. There’s a fully-equipped BDSM room and a Japanese water table/wet room.
The girls look like a Hollywood casting call and a number do modeling and film work on the side. You can also arrange for a romp with a porn star like Sunny Lane at Love Ranch Vegas, or even shoot your own adult film there, with yourself in the role of male lead. Girls here can accommodate pretty much any fetish or combo of sexual partners and positions you can dream up, so no need to hold back.
Love Ranch Vegas is owned by Dennis Hof of HBO “Cathouse” fame. Hof’s personal suite is available to guests when he’s not in town. You can order in food from a restaurant near by.
Love Ranch Vegas is open 24/7/365, and no reservations are required. Call (775) 372 5251 to reserve a special suite or girl or arrange for car service. Mastercard and Visa are accepted (they use “discreet billing”). The brothel is fully ADA approved.
For more information, see our review: Love Ranch Vegas Brothel, Playground of Millionaires.
10551 Homestead Rd
Pahrump, NV 89061
Sheri’s is located about an hour’s drive west of Las Vegas on NV-160 W. Turn left on Homestead Rd. at the big building that looks like a castle and drive about seven miles to the end of the road.
The accommodations at Sheri’s Ranch range from clean and functional (like a basic motel room) to suites comparable to those in a fine Strip hotel. There’s also a fully-furnished BDSM chamber and a nuru massage room. (Expect to pay more for a suite or specialty room.)
The women at Sheri’s Ranch are good looking, with sexy bodies of a variety of types (big boobs, slender and natural, glamorous, cheerleader-type, Asian, black, etc.) You can make an appointment with the woman you prefer in advance. You can party with three or more women, and both single women and couples are welcome.
Sheri’s offers round-trip transport to the brothel 24/7. Call (866) 820-9100 to reserve your ride at least one hour in advance.
Sheri’s also offers a hotel and restaurant apart from the brothel, so you can spend the night. Both the hotel and brothel are handicap-accessible.
For more information, see My Experience with a Courtesan at Sheri’s Ranch–an undercover review of the brothel.
2711 E Highway 95
Amargosa, NV 89020
Alien Cathouse is a laid-back brothel with a sense of fun about an hour’s drive north of Vegas on US-95 N, in Nevada’s flying saucer territory. This brothel is another that is owned by Dennis Hof of HBO “Cathouse” fame.
The friendly, easygoing courtesans range from Swedish Bikini Team quality to pretty young neighborhood girl types you’d be proud to introduce to your buddies.
Hof put the brothel through a major renovation when he bought it, and though the rooms are smaller than at Love Ranch South, they are comfortable and attractive, with comfy antique-style beds. When I visited, a fire was crackling in the fireplace of the lounge where the girls line up, and the girls had decorated an upside-down Christmas tree in the corner. What I especially liked was that the girls had added their own personal touches to their bedrooms’ decor. It gave the place an intimate feeling that made me want to stay longer.
The young madam at Alien Cathouse, Lydia Faithfull, was a black-haired, porcelain-skinned beauty with great legs and a wicked sense of humor. She’s worth a journey to Amargosa all by herself.
Alien Cathouse is located behind the bright alien-green Area 51 Alien Center. You can’t miss it from US-95. There’s a 1950’s-style diner located next door to the brothel, and you can order food in.
Alien Cathouse is open 24/7/365, and no reservations are required. Call (775) 372-5678 to reserve a special girl or arrange for car service. Mastercard and Visa are accepted (they use “discreet billing”). The brothel is fully ADA approved.
For more information, see our full Alien Cathouse Review.
10511 Homestead Rd
Pahrump, NV 89061
Strip Club Alternatives
If you’re looking for an intensely erotic experience, but are wary of the expense involved in engaging an escort, consider a strip club private room show as an alternative. A completely private room starts at 10 minutes for $100 at one of Vegas’ best clubs, and that includes the dancer.
In Vegas, laws limiting contact between strip club dancers and customers were ruled unconstitutional some years ago, so you can get very close and personal with a dancer. The limits are set by her.