Paying Someone for Sex (Prostitution) Is Illegal in Las Vegas

Prostitution is generally defined as the exchange of a sex act for money or something else of value (jewelry, clothes, etc.). It is a common misconception that prostitution is legal in Las Vegas – it isn’t. There are, however, many well-known and legal adult entertainment options in Las Vegas, some of which are world-famous.

Legal brothels do exist outside of Clark County (where Las Vegas is located). For example, prostitution is legal in Nye County (where the town of Pahrump is located and about an hour away from Las Vegas). Legal brothels in Nevada adhere to strict rules, such as condom use, and regular HIV and STD testing.

Prostitution or the solicitation of prostitution in Las Vegas/Clark County is a misdemeanor unless it involves a minor, which is a felony.

Keep It in Your Hotel Room

It is illegal in Las Vegas to engage in sex acts in public. There have been a number of widely publicized news stories over the years describing couples that have been criminally charged for such conduct. You don’t want that kind of publicity, especially if your sexual partner is not your spouse. See the linked article here: Amorous couple’s ride on the High Roller ends with felony arrest | Las Vegas Review-Journal (

A first-time offense can constitute a gross misdemeanor and carry up to 364 days in jail and/or up-to $2,000 in fines. Otherwise, it may constitute a felony, carrying from 1 to 4 years in prison and a substantially larger fine. NRS 201.210.


This isn’t New Orleans and it isn’t Mardi Gras. Exposing your private parts (genitalia, butt, and/or breasts) publicly in Las Vegas is illegal. You can be arrested and cited for such conduct. NRS 201.220. There are, however, options for individuals who desire fewer tan lines. A number of hotels and strip clubs, offer topless adult-only outdoor pools.

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