Inside the Moonlite BunnyRanch
Located in Carson, City, Nevada, the Moonlite BunnyRanch is one of America's most famous legal brothels. With more than 500 licensed employees, there are usually between 30 and 40 women living and working in the house.
Brooke says she was living paycheck to paycheck when she found out about the BunnyRanch. "I saw this as an opportunity to make a good income and at a very young age," she says. "I'm my own boss, I make my own schedule, I have complete control."
Some clients have appointments, and others drop in, Brooke says, but all negotiations for services take place privately. "If the customer wants to have a drink at the bar, we'll stop and I'll let him get a drink," she says. "Then we come back to my room and we discuss really what they want to do and for how long."
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When she's finished with a client, Brooke says she relaxes with a bath or plays with her dog. "You really can't take care of other people or offer other people a good time unless you're taking care of yourself," she says.
Brooke says a man once paid her to simply be a nagging wife for a day. "He had never been married, and he worked 30 years around his co-workers and they complained about their nagging wives," she says. "I was the one that nagged him all day, and then he had his mistresses at night."
Brooke lives in Los Angeles and only spends two weeks a month at the BunnyRanch. "You can very easily start to view your own self as an object and only an object. So it's very good to take time off," she says.
Still, Brooke says she only plans to stay in the business for another two years. "I don't want to be in this business after 30," she says. "I do believe that this is a bridge from A to B. It's to get you to the next spot, but it's not someplace that you should sit for too terribly long."
Brooke admits she has more chemistry with some men than others, and she says she's also become friends with a lot of her clients. "Ninety-eight percent of my business is repeat clientèle, so they're not strangers anymore," she says. "I have one guy I've been seeing every month for three years. He's certainly not a stranger—he's now a friend."
Dating can also be difficult. "It has to be a very open individual that you're with," she says. "Professionally, the guys come in here, it's all laid out on the table, everything's agreed upon and you move on with it. In a relationship, you know, not everything's put on the table up front. So you can have it, but it can be tricky."
Although her father wasn't supportive at first, Brooke says she now has a closer relationship with him. "Once you open yourself up to your parents and say, 'Hey, I'm a sexual being and this is what I'm doing with that side of myself,' there's really nothing else to hide."
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