Helen Mirren calls for legal brothels

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 25 April 2009
Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren calls for legal brothels

Dame Helen Mirren believes brothels should be made legal to protect the prostitutes who work there

Dame Helen Mirren wants brothels to be legalised.

The British actress, who plays the owner of Nevada's first lawful brothel in new movie 'Love Ranch', insists regulating sex establishments will help keep prostitutes safe.

She told British talk show host Jonathan Ross: "It does make sense to me because when it's illegal the girls get so abused. One of the worst things in our society is trafficking, I think it's appalling."

Brothels are currently banned in many European countries and the majority of US states.

Helen previously revealed her husband Taylor Hackford, who directed the movie, was so keen for her to get into the role of Grace Botempo he forced her to spend a night in a brothel.

She was quoted as saying: "Taylor grabbed me kicking and screaming to the brothel. He said, 'You've got to do this! You're going whether you like it or not.' "

'Love Ranch' - which also stars Joe Pesci as Grace's husband Charlie Botempo - is loosely based on real events and follows a famed boxer, played by Sergio Peris-Mencheta, who is shot at the ranch following an affair with Helen's character.

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