Ladies of the night who have kept the red lights burning at America's best-known brothel have a new employer - Uncle Sam, by way of federal Bankruptcy Court.

The Mustang Ranch, Nevada's oldest legal bordello, shut down Tuesday after filing for bankruptcy liquidation. On Wednesday, a court trustee took charge of the money-losing business until it can be sold or creditors are paid off.Prostitutes who had earlier fled out of fear that tax collectors were about to raid the place filtered back Wednesday, some to pick up belongings and others to resume work at the 105-room brothel.