You remember that sound when you put a bread clip on your bike and it made that noise - a ticking kind of noise? Or when you had some cards and you fan them and push them through your fingers making a flicking sound?
Don't Look When You Hear That Sound!!!!!
It's how they get your attention. Men and sometimes women flick the cards so you will look at them and then they hand you Adult entertainment cards. They push them on you. Then people drop them, littering the streets.
All along the stip are people trying to give you (male or female, on your own or with your family and friends) cards for hookers.
I believe it is illegal to verbally advertise, but they thrust cards into your hands. It becomes quite annoying! But on the plus side, my friend and I decided that if we got enough, we could play snap!! Seriously though, just don't take them (if you don't want them). Walk past with your hands in your pockets!
Be ready to see erotic catalogs sit side-by-side with newspaper racks, billboards roll along city streets advertising adult services and street solicitors attempt to thrust flyers advertising sexual services into your hand. There are tons of these people trying to give you these cards, we have never seen any one who takes a card but they keep trying...
The years-long court battle is going over hand billing on the Strip but they are there.
Las Vegas certainly is living up to its reputation as 'sin city'.
By the way... Everyone has heard that Nevada is the only one state in the USA where prostitution is legal. Yes, it is, but prostitution is not legal everywhere in Nevada, and it is not legal in Las Vegas! Therefore people who use these services are unlikely to seek protection from the police in case of robbery, cheating or assault - they themself break the law by patronizing illegal activity.
I realize that many people go to Vegas for the ADULT ENTERTAINMENT; however, all of us are not pleased with the open "hawking" of HUMAN SEX OBJECTS,
All along the "strip", each day,you will see groups of young men and woman flipping small photo cards and handing them out, mostly to men. The cards are pictures of young woman in all sorts of poses and costumes [or lack thereof].
Many people proceed to throw these cards down on the sidewalk and into the street. Litter is everywhere, mostly as a result of these annoying cards.
Ironically, shortly after I returned from Vegas, I saw a 48 hours documentary about Las Vegas and the tragedy of under age prostitution and how these girls are advertised. Pictures of these very "hawkers" that I had seen in Vegas were flashed on the screen. When you see the personal stories of these young women, none of these "sleazy" advertisements seems appropriate.
I DID NOT TAKE PICTURES OF THESE INDIVIDUALS BECAUSE I DID NOT WANT TO FURTHER THEIR POPULARITY
I would love to see this kind of open selling of "flesh" outlawed. I am a pretty open minded individual, but when it comes to abusing young women, I am very closed minded!
Every 20 to 30 feet along the Strip you will encounter folks trying to hand you what look like playing cards. What is actually on both sides of the card is a photo of a topless and/or scantily-clad young woman with a phone number and the slogan "Girls to Your Door in 15 Minutes".
This is an unfortunate and unavoidable aspect of Vegas. These guys are impossible to avoid, they are on every block, there are hundreds of them along the sidewalks. Another unfortunate downside to these guys is that the sidewalk for the entire length of the Strip is absolutely littered with these discarded cards, they're everywhere.
I tore a strip off of one guy, when he tried thrusting a card in my 15 year old son's face. Suddenly, (of course!) he couldn't speak English...
Your best strategy for avoiding these guys is to not even look at them, don't slow down, and don't accept what they're trying to hand you. The Vegas police do keep these guys on a very short rope, so if you have any problem with them whatsoever, don't hesitate to call the police.
To those wanting to bring chidren, this is the "adult" playground. There are more places than you can count for kids to go, so why be mad or upset if Vegas is the playground for adults?!
Go to Disney and see the big mouse.
When strolling the strip don't be surprised to see vans with advertising on for 'HOT BABES' with a photo of a scantily clad lady on them as well as people who stand on the street tapping cards in their hands and offering them to you. The cards are of naked ladies offering their services. Just ignore these people, they are harmless, but beware the cards litter the street which is annoying.
There for a while Vegas really seemed to clean this up. They were trying to get more families to the area and it seemed you did not see very much of the risqué advertisements. Yet, I guess the casinos are trying to convey to the younger crowds now, the smut has returned. You will see nothing but risqué advertisement everywhere from billboards, buses, taxi cars, and the hundreds of adult newspaper stand that anyone can have access too.
Let us not forget, the people who are located all along the strip trying to hand out the adult cards. Everyone has a right not to take one and if you do, do not throw it on the ground. Throw it away in the trash. So if you have small kids, you may not want to bring them on the strip.
It used to be terrible a few years ago, i think the buying and development of the strip has chased many of them away. Also as the trend seems to be to upmarket the strip the owners seem to be moving them on. They will always be there but fewer in numbers.
snappers are people you try to hand you ads for escort services and strip clubs. they snap their advertising card to get your attention. these people are not dangerous but highly annoying. they line both sides of the strip from mandalay bay to the stratosphere. some can be aggressive. the best way to avoid them is not to make eye contact and move away from them when walking down the strip. the strip also has a number of beggars and street hustlers. again don't make eye contact and refuse to talk to them.
Our first night while walking down the strip we ran across this small man slapping cards vigorously on his palm and thrusting his hand out in our direction. Upon examination of the card we found what looked to be a nude extortionist showing the world what the good lord gave her. After finding out what they had to offer we began to mess with them.
The temperatures drop to comfortable levels at night and many people choose to walk outside between the hotels. However, marketers have also figured out that this is popular and have sent out adult advertisers in droves.
The advertisers are harmless but if you are traveling with children, I wouldn't recommend going between the hotels by walking at night if you don't want to expose your children to nearly naked advertisements for escort services.
The advertisers will normally just try to pass off their flyers to people that are walking by but you will also see them tossed on top of newspaper boxes and often carelessly littering the ground. In a one block walk you probably will encounter about 5-6 different advertisers trying to pass off their flyers.
I felt very safe in Fremont Street and I found Vegas to be a very safe large city during the day and night. I had heard of a lot of problems and was even warned by people to be very careful. In the Fremont Street area, private security as well as LVPD patrol frequently and take care of the occasional drunk or homeless person almost immediately. This was my third visit in the past few years and I have never had a problem. Although I understand pickpockets run rampant. Again, my party never experienced any of this.
The warning of course goes out to parents with small children. Drinking is allowed on the street at Fremont and the ads and showgirls can sometimes be a very sexual. But I have never thought of Vegas as a family friendly place. It is after all, Sin City!
This part isnt very pretty about Vegas, there are at least a hundred people handing out the little smut cards with escorts info on them, they liter the streets with them and even the light poles, fences, bus benches and they can be found in newpaper like stands along the road. They pollute the whole entire strip with the little cards, we collected them for fun but it got tiring after the first hundred of them, lol!
This is actually a comment in response to many of the statements I have seen concerning the people passing out porn pamphlets/cards on the Strip and elsewhere.
1. No one is forcing you to take them
2. You are in Las Vegas, not Branson or Disneyworld
3. The people passing out the flyers are not to blame. They are (mostly) illegal immigrants who are paid cash under the table for what they are doing. I actually saw that one person who posted a comment pushed one of these people. That is uncalled for and if it had been me you had pushed, I would have brought you up on assault charges.
4. Lighten up. If you let those kind of things "anger or offend" you, then you need to check yourself and your own issues. No one is forcing you to take the flyers, go to strip clubs, or whatever.