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Reid takes on Old West, says time to ban brothels

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Harry Reid took aim at the world's oldest profession today, telling state lawmakers the time has come to have an adult conversation about Nevada's legal sex trade if the state hopes to succeed in the 21st century.

The Democratic Senate majority leader's comments before a joint session of the Legislature came as owners, lobbyists and working girls for Nevada's brothel industry looked on from the gallery.

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