NM: Family mourns death of loved one

Posted at: 02/10/2009 2:51 PM
Updated at: 02/16/2009 5:33 PM
By: Eyewitness News 4

The family of the woman whose bones were found on Albuquerque’s West Mesa last week is speaking out about her disappearance and how they are coping with the news.

Victoria Chavez was 24-years-old when she vanished.

Family members say the mother of two had some ups and downs in life and that they won’t get closure until the person responsible for her death is caught.

“She was a beautiful girl, very friendly, helpful,” said Chavez’s stepfather Ambrose Saiz.

Saiz has been Victoria Chavez’s stepdad ever since she was a little girl.

On Monday, Saiz and Chavez’s mother found out that it was Chavez’s remains police discovered out on the West Mesa last week. Continue reading

Las Vegas: Pimp my tax code

Who’s skeptical of proposals to legalize and tax Las Vegas prostitutes? The answer might surprise you

by AMY KNGSLEY

SO it’s come to this. The state of Nevada — hard up for cash and low on options — may have to start turning tricks.

It wouldn’t be the first time. Legal prostitution has existed since the first prospectors drifted into the Silver State. But the state is just now getting wise to something sex workers have known for a long time: selling sex can be a lucrative business. Licensing and taxing legal brothels in the rural counties could generate between $500,000 and $1 million in taxes.

Figures like those make state Sen. Bob Coffin and Mayor Oscar Goodman wonder what kind of money could be made by bringing brothels into Clark County, the only place where prostitution is illegal under state law. After all, the illicit trade here is thriving. It dwarfs the legitimate prostitution that takes place in the state’s three dozen brothels. If we could get $1 million from 300 licensed prostitutes, imagine how much revenue the state could generate by certifying and taxing the hookers already working the state’s largest city. We’re sitting on a veritable gold mine. Continue reading