LAS VEGAS -- There is an allure of what goes on behind closed doors. After all, it is what Las Vegas and its sin city reputation is all about. Clark County officials are drawing a line when it comes to clubs built on sex.
Clark County is coming after some Las Vegas valley sex clubs with a trio of lawsuits, asking a judge to force them to close.
The civil lawsuits were filed in August. The suits cite a county ordinance which bans sex clubs.
David Cooper tried to open a club and has been at odds with the county for years over it. He was forced to scrap his plans while other clubs have remained open.
"I don't know why I would be singled out when the Green Door has been open for 15 years, when the Fantasy Club has been open for 13 years, when the Red Rooster has been open for 31 years. Why am I not allowed to do something?" said Cooper, "People like the opportunity to see other people have sex and the porn industry is big because of that, but people certainly want to see it live."
Cooper is not involved in the lawsuits.
However his would-be competitors, the Green Door, the Fantasy Club and the Power Exchange are all sex clubs according to the county and all of them are at the center of recently filed litigation.
None of the clubs or their attorneys could talk about the civil suits, but Cooper said if he can't open legally, then nobody should.
"They're not grandfathered. You don't get to be grandfathered because you broke the law for a long enough period of time that it just becomes acceptable and the law some how doesn't apply to you. That is not how the law works," Cooper said.
One of the clubs was the target of a drug raid earlier this year.
The Power Exchange was stormed by SWAT officers in July.
Former owner, Mike Powers, said the business hasn't been operating as a sex club or anything else for at least the past two weeks.
Cooper said the lawsuits against his competitors could be good for everyone in the end.
"There might be swingers that don't like it, there might be business competitors that don't like it, but in the end, in the end, we're going to find out if these clubs are going to be able to exist legally or not," Cooper said.
Cooper has fought off previous attempts to enforce sex club ordinances and won an appeal in the Ninth Circuit Court and wants to see the Clark County Commission eventually legalize and regulate the sex club industry.