Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, is blasting his home state’s legislature for refusing to have an “adult conversation” about ending legalized prostitution, going so far as to call them “a bunch of cowards.”
Reid made the statements during a luncheon of the Asian Chamber of Commerce late last week, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Prostitution is legal in eight rural counties, and Reid’s mother used to take in laundry from the brothels, when he says prostitution was “the No. 1 industry.”
Reid was asked what happened to his call in 2011 to end prostitution, when he said it hurts the state’s reputation.
He said while he still supports the idea, state lawmakers aren’t interested.
“The Legislature, they’re all a bunch of cowards,” Reid said. “They were afraid to do anything about it.”