Another devastating gas price casualty for rural right-wingers: Brothels in Nevada
Yes, the Sailer-type white male Republicans who either face lonely lives or need desperate sexual relief from their miserable marriages and ugly, filthy wives. They make pornography and prostitution such unimaginably large industries, and the Nevada brothels located in the distant rural areas of Nevada to service many right-wing white males, primarily truck drivers, rural residents, and traveling businessmen, have serviced their needs for countless years.
As lucrative as these clients have made the prostitution business, even they are not immune from high gas prices. Because these brothels are located so far out in the middle of nowhere like the rural red states, they too are going downhill like the right-wingers.
Nevada Brothels Hit Hard by Gas Prices
Advertisers like to say sex sells, but the rules of the game change when gas prices go up.
As the Silver State's fuel prices hit all-time highs, Nevada's brothel employees find it harder to make a living these days, leaving some people wondering whether they should stay in the business.
At the Stardust Ranch in eastern Nevada, bartender Cindy Howe says they're "down to only two girls. They don't want to come here because business is down."
The brothel is about to change hands after soaring gas prices affected the number of customers willing to drive out to Ely. Now its owners are forced to sell.
Truckers, who provide steady business to many of Nevada's 28 legal brothels, are now paying 40 percent more this year to fill up their rigs. A gallon of diesel averages $4.69 across the country, up $1.89, or 67.5 percent, from a year ago, according to the Department of Energy.
"Most of these truckers used to have $100 they could spend," Howe says. Now they're struggling to pay for fuel.
The Stardust's out-of-the-way location in downtown Ely doesn't help matters. Ely is 240 miles from Las Vegas, 320 miles from Reno and 240 miles from Salt Lake City, surrounded by open spaces.
"The cost of fuel is killing us," says Karl Hardy, who also works at the Stardust as a bartender. "Tourists can't afford it."
Hardy says he's worried about his job, but may find other work welding for a nearby mining company.
To provide customers with incentives, the Ranch offered free showers, parking and coffee. None of these perks translated into more business.
George Flint, a lobbyist for the Nevada Brothel Owners' Association, says many of the brothels are seeing decreases in revenue anywhere from 20 to 45 percent. He says he has "never seen it this dramatic" in 48 years.
"There are more and more women having second thoughts about staying in the business," he says. "The return for their time is not there. In northern Nevada, most of our business is supported by the truckers. They don't have much disposable income left."