PHOENIX - The Valley may be one step closer to a legal brothel.
Nevada’s Bunny Ranch owner Dennis Hof tells ABC15 he’s expanding his search to nearby cities.
ABC15 first broke this story two weeks ago. At the time Hof said he was looking at locations in Phoenix. However, Hof is expanding his locations to Mesa, Scottsdale, Glendale, Scottsdale and Tempe.
Hof says when he was a teenager he used to work at a gas station off of 24th Street and Van Buren. “Girls would come in here saying, 'save me from my pimp, he just beat me up,'” said Hof.
Hof says it was those images, years later that inspired him to start the Moonlight Bunny Ranch - a one-stop-shop for sex.
Hof says his employees don’t have to answer to a pimp.
“People who get into the sex business, I think, enjoy entertaining people and being around men and enjoy six-figure salaries,” said Hof.
Hoff is looking at locations across the Valley. He wants a multi-story building, with underground parking and at least 30-40 rooms.
Hof says legalizing prostitution would help stop sex trafficking.
Hof has two daughters. “If my daughter asked to work at a Bunny Ranch I would say 'why?' because it’s not about money,” said Hof. “I have money but I guess I would be a hypocrite to say no.”
Hof is trying to get escort licenses from the cities.
After that, a city will need to legalize prostitution so he could open his business.
The business would be called "The Valley of The Sun Bunny Ranch."
Hof offered Mayor Greg Stanton an initial $500,000 up front.
“The city would take in additional tax dollars from me," said Hof.
Mayor Greg Stanton told ABC15 a few weeks ago, Hof can keep his money.
Hof says he knows this will be a long legal battle but he says he won’t go down without a fight.
“It's a challenge but can I get this up and running Phoenix?” said Hof. “It’s going to be tough but you know what I said 22 years ago? I am going to take and make my place the most famous brothel in the world and I'll have a TV show on HBO and a show on Cinemax -- and you know what? I did it.”