Some army officers, however, encouraged the presence of prostitutes during the Civil War to keep troop morale high. At concert saloons, men could eat, listen to music, watch a fight, or pay women for sex. Prostitution was illegal under the vagrancy laws, but was not well-enforced by police and city officials, who were bribed by brothel owners and madams.
Attempts to regulate prostitution were struck down on the grounds that regulation would be counter to the public good.
From 1890 to 1982, the Dumas Brothel in Montana was America's longest-running house of prostitution.
New Orleans city alderman Sidney Story wrote an ordinance in 1897 to regulate and limit prostitution to one small area of the city, "The District", where all prostitutes in New Orleans must live and work.
A medical examination was required, and if it revealed an STD, this discovery could constitute proof of prostitution. The National Venereal Disease Control Act, which became effective July 1, 1938, authorized the appropriation of federal funds to assist the states in combating venereal diseases. In 1970, Nevada began regulation of houses of prostitution.
It is therefore exclusively the domain of the states to permit, prohibit, or otherwise regulate commercial sex under the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, except insofar as Congress may regulate it as part of interstate commerce with laws like the Mann Act.In the late 19th century, newspapers reported that 65,000 white slaves existed.Around 1890, the term "red-light district" was first recorded in the United States.All forms of prostitution are illegal in Clark County (which contains the Las Vegas–Paradise metropolitan area), Washoe County (which contains Reno), Carson City, Douglas County, and Lincoln County.The other counties theoretically allow brothel prostitution, but some of these counties currently have no active brothels.Prior to World War I, there were few laws criminalizing prostitutes or the act of prostitution. armed forces developed a prostitute management program called American Plan which enable the military to arrest any women within five miles of a military cantonment.In 1918, the Chamberlain-Kahn Act gave the government the power to quarantine any woman suspected of having a sexually transmitted disease (STD). If found infected, a women could be sentenced to a hospital or a farm colony until cured. United States, in 1944, ruled that prostitutes could travel across state lines, if the purpose of travel was not for prostitution.Some of the women in the American Revolution who followed the Continental Army served the soldiers and officers as sexual partners. The move was successful and venereal disease rates fell from forty percent to just four percent due to a stringent wellness program which required all prostitutes to register and be checked by a board certified physician every two weeks for which they were charged five dollars registration fee plus 50 cents per examination.Prostitutes were a worrisome presence to army leadership, particularly because of the possible spread of venereal diseases. In the 19th century, parlor house brothels catered to upper class clientele, while bawdy houses catered to the lower class.In most states, prostitution is considered a misdemeanor in the category of public order crime–crime that disrupts the order of a community. jurisdiction to allow legal prostitution–in the form of regulated brothels–the terms of which are stipulated in the Nevada Revised Statutes.Prostitution was at one time considered a vagrancy crime. Only eight counties currently contain active brothels.The Lorette Ordinance of 1857 prohibited prostitution on the first floor of buildings in New Orleans. So many prostitutes took up residence there to serve the needs of General Joseph Hooker's Army of the Potomac that the area became known as "Hooker's Division." Two blocks between Pennsylvania and Missouri Avenues became home to such expensive brothels that it was known as "Marble Alley." In 1873, Anthony Comstock created the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice, an institution dedicated to supervising the morality of the public.Comstock successfully influenced the United States Congress to pass the Comstock Law, which made illegal the delivery or transport of "obscene, lewd, or lascivious" material and birth control information.In 1875, Congress passed the Page Act of 1875 that made it illegal to transport women into the nation to be used as prostitutes.