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March 26, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The last remaining building on the grounds where the state's first legal brothel once stood is history. The 48-room structure known as the Mustang Ranch II annex was destroyed in a firefighting training exercise. The government, which padlocked the Mustang Ranch just east of Reno in 1999 after years of tax problems, sold the pink stucco buildings that formed the heart of the complex to another brothel owner, who moved them to another site and operates them under the same name.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 1997 | STEVE CARNEY
Anaheim police arrested a man and four women at a home that reportedly served as a brothel, where women brought illegally from Mexico were forced into prostitution, police said. Neighbors complained about suspicious activity at the home in the 100 block of Tiller Avenue, Anaheim Police Sgt. Steve Walker said. After undercover officers went there and were propositioned, they arrested Bang Thanh Bui, 25, of Garden Grove on suspicion of pimping and pandering, police announced Monday.
NATIONAL
May 26, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Thieves broke into the historic Dumas Brothel museum in Butte and stole what the owner described as irreplaceable items, including rare sex toys. Owner Rudy Giecek said he believed at least two thieves entered through the museum's back door, disabled an alarm and looted rooms. They dismantled beds, stole antique lamps and artwork and emptied glass cases full of brothel artifacts. Police are investigating the thefts. The brothel enjoyed 92 years of risque business until it closed in 1982.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
A Mexican national who recruited women and girls as young as 14 to work in her South Los Angeles brothel in exchange for smuggling them into the United States was sentenced Monday to 4 1/2 years in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Gary A. Feess said Maria de Jesus Valle-Maldonado, 27, used abusive and coercive measures to keep the girls working until they paid off their debts.
NEWS
July 9, 1993 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The headlines in a couple of Nevada's largest newspapers this week sent shock waves through the state's legalized brothels, and no wonder. "Ooops! Nevada Accidentally Outlaws Brothels," the Reno Gazette Journal blared Thursday. "Brothels Mistakenly Outlawed," was the Page 1 headline in Wednesday's Las Vegas Review-Journal. Its story began: "Nevada has outlawed brothels. Sort of. By mistake." George Flint, lobbyist for the Nevada Brothel Assn., was jarred out of bed by a 3 a.m.
NEWS
November 1, 1993 | ROY GUTMAN, NEWSDAY
U.N. peacekeepers in Bosnia regularly visited a Serbian-run brothel outside Sarajevo, where some of them took sexual advantage of Muslim and Croatian women forced into prostitution, according to Muslim witnesses and the local Serbian commander. Although the Bosnian government charged repeatedly that Bosnian Serbs had set up a concentration camp at the same site, U.N. peacekeepers neither investigated the facility nor reported its existence to their superiors, according to former prisoners and U.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 1996
Residents of a quiet Rosemead neighborhood said Thursday they were shocked to learn that a home was an alleged brothel where five illegal immigrants were held as sex slaves. Four men were arrested and five women were taken into custody as protected witnesses Wednesday after sheriff's vice detectives and Immigration and Naturalization Service investigators raided a two-bedroom home in the 8900 block of Emerson Place, authorities said.
NATIONAL
November 4, 2008 | Ashley Powers, Powers is a Times staff writer.
The women at Donna's Ranch are crowded around the kitchen table on a warm summer night, dining on stir fry, tugging at thigh-high dresses, griping about depleted bank accounts. At this northeastern Nevada bordello, which marks a gravel road's end, they woo grizzled truckers and weary travelers for a single reason: money. Lately, the women don't go home with much. Amy, 58, once bought a $32,000 Toyota Tacoma in cash; now her $1,200 mortgage saps her dwindling pay.
NEWS
December 11, 1987 | WILLIAM BRANIGIN, The Washington Post
Suyapa, a 20-year-old cashier wearing a leopard-patterned jumpsuit, looked around the nearly deserted establishment called Paradise Inn and sighed. "This place used to be full," she lamented. "But now the Americans don't come here anymore." At a bar on the outskirts of town called the Ace of Gold, Lisep, 19, who dresses for work in a bathing suit and cowboy boots worn over yellow knee socks, said she misses her boyfriend, a military policeman from Texas whose tour here has ended.
NATIONAL
October 27, 2006 | Richard Fausset, Times Staff Writer
HOW bad is Cocke County's lawless reputation? So bad that its tourism and economic development chief, Donald Hurst, likes to kick off out-of-town business meetings with a self-deprecating joke. All of the visiting Cocke County officials, he tells his audience, are right here in the building -- so "rest assured, your home is safe." To many Tennesseans, Cocke County is the place their parents warned them about, the butt of hillbilly jokes, the last redoubt of an old, untamed Appalachia.
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