Brothels are typically associated with clients, typically men, paying for sex.
While this is true in many cases, it’s not the only service available.
In fact, many men pay for something that’s even more costly than sex.
Pereira conducted over 53 interviews with women who are or have been in the sex industry to discuss the topic of the Girlfriend Experience, or, GFE.
Pereira found that women will charge a premium to men who are interested in GFE, because it forces them to become intimate with a man emotionally.
And that is more costly than being intimate physically.
When a customer pays for a GFE package, he often takes the woman out to dinner, to the movies, to a play, or anywhere else he’d like to go with a real girlfriend.
Pereira found that these customers are typically older, and GFE prostitutes are providing a service for them that they’re not able to get anywhere else.
In fact, these men will often become “GFE boyfriends”: men who commit to one woman for routine dates.
These relationships can go on for months, or even years, at a time.
While prostitution is illegal in almost every place in the United States, there are rural areas of Nevada where some brothels are legal:
There are said to be numerous illegal prostitution rings in Reno and Las Vegas. These illegal brothels actually bring in 66 times more money than the legal facilities.
To learn more, check out the video above.