A brothel in Phoenix during the Super Bowl?

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by Catherine Holland

Video report by Jill Galus

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 7:42 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 14 at 8:43 AM

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Should Phoenix city leaders seriously consider a proposal to temporarily open a brothel during the Super Bowl?

PHOENIX -- A brothel owner from Nevada wants to set up shop in Phoenix during the Super Bowl.

Dennis Hof owns the well-known Moonlite Bunny Ranch in Carson City, which has been in business since 1955. His goal is to set up a similar operation, albeit a temporary one, in Phoenix. He proposes opening 30 days before the Super Bowl, which will be played at Glendale's University of Phoenix Stadium on Feb. 1, and closing 30 days after.

Hof believes giving visitors a legal option for such entertainment while in town for the Super Bowl, one of the biggest sports parties of the year, will cut down on the sex trafficking that inevitably accompanies with such an event.

"They won't go to the under-aged girls," he said via Skype. "They won't put money in the hands of these ruthless pimps that are drug dealers and gun dealers. They'll go spend the money in a legal, licensed place, knowing that the girls are tested and that they're of age. ... You're never going to stop sex trafficking, but you can really put a big dent in it."

Hof, who holds seven brothel licenses in Nevada, also pointed out that the city would take in tax dollars -- substantial, much-needed tax dollars -- from the enterprise.

"The transactions take place in the light of day within specifically regulated and policed environments, rather than in darkened back alleys under shadowy circumstances," Hof wrote in a letter to Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.

Hopeful of moving forward, Hof is already looking into potential locations. He said a vacant hotel would be ideal, particularly one with a bar and a restaurant.

Hof, who grew up in Phoenix, is planning to submit a formal proposal to Phoenix city leaders this week. He said he will put up $500,000 for the venture.

Stanton has said the city will not entertain Hof's idea because both prostitution and offering money to allow it are illegal.

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