LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada county has decided to abandon a controversial proposal that would have further limited the hours when legal prostitutes were allowed to leave licensed brothels.

Southern Nevada's Nye County had proposed an ordinance that would have barred brothel workers from leaving for more than six hours during a 10-day period.

Brothel owners, local prosecutors and others supporting the proposal said they were concerned prostitutes would have unprotected sex when they left brothels.

The Las Vegas Sun reports Nye County decided to drop the plan after receiving criticism from sex workers and advocates who said it violated their rights.

Sex workers and advocates say they want to the county also repeal an existing rule requiring prostitutes to be re-tested for sexually transmitted diseases and HIV anytime they leave for more than 24 hours at a time.

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Information from: Las Vegas Sun, http://www.lasvegassun.com