Bella Cummins is the sole proprietor of Bella's Hacienda Ranch brothel in Wells, Nevada and is also the executive director of the Onesta Foundation - image - Brian Bahouth/The Ally

Wells Nevada is halfway between Elko and West Wendover in far northeastern Nevada. There are five churches and two brothels in town, Donna’s and Bella’s Hacienda Ranch.

Bella Cummins is sole proprietor of her namesake business. She also owns Bella’s Restaurant and Espresso in Wells with her daughter. Last year she launched the Onesta Foundation, a nonprofit sex industry advocacy and education organization.

I interviewed Madame Bella in 2018 when she launched the Onesta Foundation, and she related a long history of discrimination against her business and industry. When I spoke with her last week, she says nothing has changed. In this edition of the Wild Hare, Bella Cummins talks about the discrimination she faced when applying for emergency COVID-19 financial relief from her local bank and how Bella’s Hacienda Ranch brothel will emerge anew after the novel coronavirus storm …