aka bawdy-house, whore-house, adult amusement park, etc. The common habitations of prostitutes; such places have always been deemed common nuisances in the United States and the keepers of them may be fined and imprisoned except in Nevada where they can legally exist at each county's option except for Washoe (Reno) and Clark (Las Vegas) Counties.
Mustang Ranch brothel near Reno, NV was at one time owned by the U.S. government as a result of an IRS tax lien.
Till the time of Henry VIII they were licensed in England, when that lascivious prince suppressed them. They are currently legal, to an extent, in Amsterdam and a few other places and, while technically illegal, are tolerated and widespread in many other location around the world.