Why are there billboard ads for brothels here in El Dorado County, California when they are banned in Nevada Counties where prostitution is illegal?
If you would like to make a complaint to CBS Outdoor (billboard owner) regarding the two brothel billboards on Highway 50 in El Dorado County, California, here is the contact information to do so. CBS Outdoor’s website has this notice:
CBS Outdoor Corporate Contact Information Call us toll free: 800.926.8834 Hours: 8AM – 8PM, Mon-Fri “If you or your organization has concerns with one of our advertisers please send us your comments. One of our representatives will respond to your message.” email@example.com
The billboards are located at:
What El Dorado County Is Doing
At a June 2013 El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting, the BOS gave direction to County counsel Ed Knapp to send a letter of concern to both CBS Outdoor and Bunny Ranch owner Dennis Hof regarding the brothel ads. The letter has not been sent as of July 31, 2013.
More Background InformationFederal appeals court upholds Nevada limitations on brothel ads By Ken Ritter, AP Thursday, March 11, 2010 Federal court says Nevada can limit brothel ads LAS VEGAS — A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a Nevada law that bars legal brothels that operate in some of the state’s rural areas from advertising by newspaper, leaflets and billboards in Las Vegas, Reno and other places where prostitution is illegal. -Source: http://politics.gaeatimes.com/2010/03/11/federal-appeals-court-upholds-nevada-limitations-on-brothel-ads-in-las-vegas-reno-23049/ In 2010, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel in San Francisco ruled brothel ads could only be in certain areas of Nevada
The state’s regulatory regime also restricts advertising by legal brothels. The principal restrictions are two: First, brothels are banned from advertising at all in counties where the sale of sexual services is prohibited by local ordinance or state statute. Nev.Rev.Stat. § 201.440. Second, in counties where the sale of sexual services is permitted, brothels cannot advertise “[i]n any public theater, on the public streets of any city or town, or on any public highway.” Nev.Rev.Stat. § 201.430(1).The case is Coyote Publishing v. Miller, No. 07-16633
The statutes further provide that: Inclusion in any display, handbill or publication of the address, location or telephone number of a house of prostitution or of identification of a means of transportation to such a house, or of directions telling how to obtain any such information, constitutes prima facie evidence of advertising for the purposes of this section. Nev.Rev.Stat. § 201.430(3). Persons in violation of the advertising restrictions are subject to criminal penalties, including fines and imprisonment. -Source: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-9th-circuit/1521854.html
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