While the Web has revolutionized all sorts of industries over the last 20 years, its effect on the world of prostitution has been especially dramatic. Street walkers and their handlers are still around, but an increasing number of tech savvy escorts have bypassed their pimps and have taken to the Web, where they’ve seen not only a surge of interest in their field, but a perceived lower risk of arrest.
The owner of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch had just two brothels a few years ago. Today, he owns seven and a strip club. The expansion of his empire comes as Nevada’s brothel industry struggles to recover from the recession. And though Hof said his business is increasing, most of his competitors are having a tough time.