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Metro busts Las Vegas brothel; suspected operator arrested

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Christopher DeVargas

Metro Police raided an illegal brothel located at 2404 Kirk Ave. on Thursday, June 20, 2013.

A Metro Police raid on an illegal brothel Thursday afternoon in the northeast valley led to one arrest, officials said.

Detectives from Metro’s vice section began investigating the brothel, located at 2404 Kirk Ave., after receiving an anonymous tip, said Lou Pascoe, director of the Southern Nevada Human Trafficking Task Force. That location is near Eastern and Washington avenues.

Miguel Barahona, a man found at the home, was arrested in connection with operating the brothel, Pascoe said. One male client and several potential female victims were located in the home as well, Pascoe said.

Authorities have not determined the females’ ages, Pascoe said.

“We’re going to be actively policing any nexus to human trafficking and these illegal brothels,” she said.

Authorities did not release other information, citing the ongoing investigation.

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  1. Legalize prostitution on a person to person basis and there would be no need or demand for brothels. Person to person prostitution saves lives.

  2. This state is bizarre. Go 60 miles to the west and it would be perfectly legal.

  3. Legalize prostitution and there would be no need for this seedy underbelly in our city. It would be legal, have ordinance, and be taxable. Just do it.

  4. Chunky says:

    But they can advertise prostitutes by handing out flapper cards and driving billboards all along the strip...

    Chunky also wonders why the reporter describes the women there as "victims". Maybe they were but there are women who make the decision to sell their bodies for a variety of reasons and that is a choice they've made unless someone has held them or forced them against their will.

    Everyone is a victim these days because no one wants to accept or point out personal responsibility for their decisions and actions.

    That's what Chunky thinks!

  5. Shocking! There are brothels in Clark County! Who would've guessed.

  6. Perhaps selling weapons and teaching them how to use their AR 14's is okay, no shooting though the neihbors are liable to hear the commotion.

  7. This is only revenge for not leaving a tip.

  8. wow! 40.00 bucks! what a great deal!!!

  9. Trafficking, slavery? Sure looks like it. THANK YOU, Metro.