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.
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!
As you walk up and down The Strip at dusk or during the evening you see groups of people standing on the sidewalk slappng packs of cards against their hands.
However these cards don't have anything to do with Poker or Pontoon but rather are advertising various adult services, escorts etc..
To avoid being given one of the cards just walk straight past and don't show any signs of interest - quite hard when you first hear the 'slap, slap. slapping' noise and wonder what it is. They generally seem to be offered just to men and if you are walking past as a couple or in a family group they may not bother to offer you one. Although if a man in your group falls behind or goes ahead this may not be the case!
Mind you on the crowded sidewalks of Las Vegas there's also the matter of simply trying to avoid and not bump into the people giving out the cards themsleves never mind just avoiding the cards!
It is worth being aware of this practice in order to avoid any upset or offence that receiving a card may cause.
There are lots of people (men and women) who stand all along the strip handing out cards and papers advertising strippers etc. They are very forward, in that it doesn't matter if you are a family group, they will still push these cards into the males hand. They make a noise by rattling the papers and therefore get your attention. This happens at all times of day. It's very distasteful
There are any number of people lining the street handing out brochures for escorts, adult shows and anything else they can sell you. Its an inconvenience but is easily avoided. Try a technique I like to call "walking like a New Yorker": walk fast (if you can) and look straight ahead. Most of these people won't bother you. They generally accost the people who pause and look over at them. If they still try to hand you something, just say "no thanks" and keep walking. They don't seem to bother those who appear totally disinterested.
Some people might not be bothered but besides the magazine stands with magazines featuring sex for sale, it was the 'people' along the pavement that really got on my nerves. My husband who had already visited Las Vegas a couple of months before had told me of them, but seeing them for myself was a different matter.
These 'people' stand in lines, whole groups of them with cards featuring the 'people' who were plying their trade. But not satisfied with just standing there they literally jump in front of you and flash the cards in front of your face. In some cases you cant even get passed them but come to an abrupt stop. This totally p****d me off. So much so that it completely got on my nerves, I simply couldnt ignore them like most people were doing, but physically pushed one out of my way and told them they were nothing more than pimps. Dont think they liked it but then neither did I.
If you hear clapping or the sound of someone slapping a stack of papers against their hand, DON'T look at them, or you will find your hands being crammed full of pornographic ads for escort services and strip clubs! If you ignore them, they will not bother you, but if you acknowlegde them whatsoever, expect a handful of smut!
Many Las Vegans have fought to have this type of solicitation banned, but to no avail thus far...
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.
Don't be lured in to the "free" topless titty joints like Glitter Gulch on Fremont street. The basically pour you two $7 beers when you walk in the door whether you want them or not. I guess if you're REALLY thirsty and are REALLY in need of peeking at some of Las Vegas' finest third-string, day-shift saggy bodies, then by all means knock your socks off...
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.
At night in Las Vegas, all the "adult flyer guys" come out. For the most part I didn't observe anything that was inherently dangerous just really really annoying. Basically what happens it these people attempt to pass out small cards and flyers to people walking the strip. they tend to position themselves in the high traffic areas and at crosswalk where they know you'll have to stop. As you walk by they will hold the cards out in front of you and flick the cards trying to attract your attention. If you talk to these people they are likely to follow you so te best thing to do is not take a card and simply ignore them or walk by.
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!
Despite marketing itself as a family destination, the sex traffic is quite out in the open in Vegas. It includes people every 10-20 feet handing out cards for escort services. You might have some trouble explaining some of it if you have kids
One of the first things you will notice about Las Vegas is not the cool hotels or pretty neon lights but those darn porn pamphlet pushers.
You hear the sound of the guy/girl slapping a stack of papers in their hand and then the paper is held out for you to take.
One thing I did notice is that if it was just me and the my female friends we didn't really them bothering us ... but if we were walking with a group that had men, there was slapping-a-plenty. I guess they figure most the female population is not interested.
One really annoying thing about Vegas is the fact that you will see 15 people standing on the side of the street giving away whole catalogs and baseball-size cards advertising nude women and their services. They will reach out and try to get you to take 1, but you just walk by them and do not pay any attention to them. The only other peroblem with this, is that the city would look much cleaner, but people that do take those cards and catalogs, throw them away on the street and all over the place.