One survivor shared with us her experience in Lyon County’s legal brothels:
Today is International Day of the Girl. In honor of this day, we would love to share with you the story of one brave survivor. Rebekah Charleston, an incredibly courageous survivor published an op-ed today sharing her experience in the Nevada brothels.
“My trafficker would send his victims, including myself to work in the brothels as a form of punishment…We did not have the ‘independent contractor’ freedom to turn down buyers. Management required us to line up when someone arrived at the brothel. Once picked from the lineup, we would bring the sex buyer back to our room where he was allowed to do whatever he wanted with us…
There are countless other women who, just like me, are being trafficked inside Nevada’s legal brothels. You will not see those women in the media, being interviewed or writing op-eds. You will not hear their stories. These women would face life-threatening consequences if they spoke up. But I know their stories. I was one of those women and I am now able to speak out on behalf of the many others still trafficked on the inside.”
Rebekah is not alone. Possible acts of human trafficking were discovered last week in a Law Enforcement raid in Lyon County’s brothels. Sheriff Al McNeil called the discovery of possible human trafficking “extremely alarming.” Additionally, the raid showed violations in practices including U.S. immigration law violations, foreign country human trafficking indicators, fraudulent statements, issuance of work cards prior to completing criminal history background checks and inability to validate out-of-state and other foreign national documents to determine identity.
There is currently a ballot initiative in Lyon County (YesOnLC1) to end legal prostitution and put an end to the heinous crimes taking place inside the brothels. Trafficking and prostitution are simply two different entry points to the same place.” Rachel Moran, Survivor. To learn more about these efforts visit here.