No. 1 Geisha

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No. 1 Geisha
No. 1 Geisha is located in Nevada
No. 1 Geisha
No. 1 Geisha
Location in Nevada
Former namesMona Lisa Ranch
CharDon's Club
AddressDouglas Street[1]
LocationElko, Nevada
Coordinates40°49′45″N 115°45′39″W / 40.82915°N 115.76088°W / 40.82915; -115.76088Coordinates: 40°49′45″N 115°45′39″W / 40.82915°N 115.76088°W / 40.82915; -115.76088

No. 1 Geisha was a legal brothel (ranch) and massage parlor in Elko, Nevada.[2][3] The women who worked there were of Asian heritage.[4] It was previously known as the Mona Lisa Ranch and CharDon's Club.[2][5][6]

In January 2011, a proprietor of the brothel was sentenced to prison time in a Federal court for operating an illegal massage parlor in Seattle in addition to the legal operation in Nevada. The sentencing memorandum stated that “While on pre-trial release, [the owner of No. 1 Geisha] attempted to recruit women to work at the legal brothel in Elko ... He claimed that he needed to travel to Nevada to do repair work on his home; yet he was reported by the Elko Police Department and a confidential source that he was in Elko to recruit a ‘lessee’ and additional employees for the legal brothel.”[7] The federal government seized close to $50,000 in assets from the legal brothel in Nevada in relation to the illegal operations in California and Washington.[8]

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  1. ^ Andreson, Ross (25 January 2011). "Brothel No. 1 Geisha". Elko Daily Free Press. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b Brents, Barbara G. (2009). The State of Sex: Tourism, Sex and Sin in the New American Heartland. p. 8.
  3. ^ Stolley, Richard B. (18 August 2009). "Elko, Nevada: Where the recession never hit". CNN. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  4. ^ "#1 Geisha Massage and Brothel". The Las Vegas Courtesan. 7 April 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  5. ^ Cury, James Oliver (2003). The Playboy Guide to Bachelor Parties: Everything You Need to Know About Planning the Groom's Rite of Passage-From Simple to Sinful. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9780743245623.
  6. ^ "Elko Brothels". NV Brothels. Archived from the original on 7 February 2003. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  7. ^ DuBach, Jared (25 January 2011). "Brothel may lose license after federal case". Elko Daily Free Press. Archived from the original on 9 August 2018. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  8. ^ DuBach, Jared (3 August 2010). "No. 1 Geisha brothel cash seized, city eyes property". Elko Daily Free Press. Archived from the original on 8 August 2018. Retrieved 9 August 2018.