A worker at Nevada’s licensed Moonlite Bunny Ranch has shared concerns of sex workers about returning to work during the coronavirus pandemic.
Alice Little, who was born in Ireland, wrote about her fears in a blog post on her website.
The young woman, who turned to sex work in 2016, is reported to the the United States’ most successful legal prostitute.
According to Irish Central she can earn up to $1 million (£819,600) annually.
Alice says Nevada’s legal sex workers may struggle with potential issues related to COVID-19 test availability, face masks, contact tracing anonymity, and liability waivers when the sex dens eventually reopen.
She said: “I believe that testing each and every brothel sex worker for COVID-19 on at least a weekly basis is crucial to the success of legal brothels during this pandemic. “
Alice continued: “Because legal brothels can have dozens of women living together on the premises at the same time, it’s vital to screen for COVID-19 regularly in order to avoid a coronavirus outbreak.
“A brothel is like a sorority, where women living together share kitchens, living spaces, and other common areas.
“Testing will be the most important factor in maintaining the safety of the working girls so that any infected courtesan can be sent home to quarantine before further problems develop.”
She added: “Moreover, I want my clients to have peace of mind in knowing that it will be reasonably safe to visit me and other sex workers in the brothel.
“Testing will ensure the highest and most reasonable level of safety when it comes to seeing a sex worker during a pandemic.
“Knowing that we’re tested for coronavirus in addition to STI’s will put potential clients at ease and assuage any fears they may have.”
The wealthy young sex worker, who founded the political action group “Hookers for Healthcare” to fight for healthcare policies that benefit sex workers, worried about the lack of availability of such tests.
She said: “Sex workers currently pay out-of-pocket for our weekly brothel STI testing, and I’ll be happy to pay for my COVID-19 test if necessary.
“But there has to be tests available in order for sex workers to get them so that we can safely resume work.
“My fingers are crossed that we’ll have enough tests in the supply chain by the time the brothels reopen.”
Nevada governor Steve Sisolak’s phase one reopening plan began on May 9.
He now allows non-essential businesses such as retail stores, restaurants, barbershops and salons to resume operations under restrictions.
But, it is not yet known when other businesses, like nightclubs and brothels may reopen.
Alice believes that rules encouraging the wearing of masks in brothels could lead to back-door premiums being paid for face-to-face sex.
She worries that this would lead to an enhanced risk of infection.
Alice said: “I’m certain that wearing masks will generally become the ‘new normal’ in the common areas of a legal brothel, but what about in the bedroom?
“Each individual brothel sex worker is an independent contractor that sets her own rates for services, and sets her own rules in her boudoir.
“Although face coverings may end up being be optional for customers in the common areas of the brothel, most sex workers may require their customers to wear masks during sex.
“For many brothel patrons, this mask-wearing rule could be a bummer or even a deal-breaker.”
Alice, who is also an intimacy and sexuality coach, added: “Some customers may be willing to pay a premium for a sexual encounter where one or more participants don’t wear a face covering.
“Increased intimacy has always been a premium within the sex industry. Kissing was a coveted and highly desired sex worker offering before the pandemic.
“Given that so many Americans have been isolated and going without any physical affection, there will likely be an even greater demand for that face-to-face contact despite face covering guidelines.”
Other concerns shared by sex workers include the inability to contact trace at brothels – those who have visited them are unlikely to admit as such when asked about possible contact with others.
Alice, who co-founded the Nevada Brothel Association, hopes that legal brothels will not be tempted to offer liability waivers to their clients.
She said: “It’s yet to be determined if Nevada’s legal brothels will have sex workers or customers sign a liability waiver in order to work or receive services at the brothel during the pandemic – or if individual sex workers will ask their clients to sign one.
“My opinion on liability waivers is that if a business thinks it’s necessary to have customers or employees sign such a document, then that business is probably not ready to reopen.”
Alice added: “One thing’s for sure, I won’t be asking any of my customers to sign any waiver during the pandemic.”