(CNN) — What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas.
For example, one woman who works as a prostitute in Nevada, is very open about her work there when she travels home.
She lives in Iowa, the heartland, and works there as a lawyer.
Katherine Sears started working as a prostitute three years ago at the age of 27.
“I like sex. Sex is fun. And I can get paid for it,” said Katherine Sears.
She travels to Nevada, where prostitution is legal.
She says working in a brothel there is something she always wanted to do.
“You can make a job out of this. It’s fantastic. Why would I not do this?” Sears said.
Sears admits she is painfully shy, but feels empowered being a sex worker.
She says she’s passionate about decriminalizing prostitution, she wanted to speak on camera about her mission.
“I think the more we talk about it the better our chances are of getting the decriminalization we’re pursuing. We’re not going to have legislative change if we’re passive about it,” Sears said.
Sears and her husband John met at Drake Law school a few years ago, when she was already working as a prostitute.
The couple is now practicing criminal defense law together in Des Moines.
When Sear’s husband John was asked about what he thinks of her being a prostitute he replied, “I don’t really care that much.”
The couple sees prostitution as any other job.
One where consent is required, and Sears has a right to say yes or no to clients.
“Prostitution is consensual sex,” Sears said.
Sears typically travels to Nevada where she works in a brothel for three weeks at a time, and the comes back to Iowa for a week at home.
“I’d have to get my taxes out and look at it. The best I did – I made $55,000 in 3 weeks,” Sears said.
The past year, Sears has taken time off to focus on practicing law and on her growing family.
Her son is four months old.
“Prostitutes are people. The prostitutes I’ve known are some of the best people I’ve known,” Sears said.
Not everyone is on board with Sears’ views, and she gets that, but she wants to end what she calls the judgmental stigma.
“We degrade women who are open about sexuality. We want you to be this way and if you’re not this way you’re bad,” Sears said. “And if stray from that, you’re also bad, so I think it’s a lot of indoctrination.”
Sears would like to see Iowa and the entire nation decriminalize prostitution.
She is even willing to take prostitution cases on pro bono in the meantime.
“Their bodies belong to them and we have absolutely no reason that you cannot condition your consent this way,” Sears said.
Nevada is the only U.S. state in which prostitution is legal specifically in brothels.
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