NEVADA – A 20-year-old Nevada woman is reportedly auctioning off her virginity in the hopes of helping her family.
In 2014, Katherine Stone’s family lost their Seattle, Washington home to a fire. According to CNN, they didn’t have insurance and were forced to live in the scorched remains.
On Facebook, the aspiring lawyer found an ad for a Nevada brothel and the money it entails.
“It made me think, ‘Wow, it’s a chance at fixing all that I need to fix,” Stone told CNN.
Stone decided to move to Nevada where she would sell her virginity, something many women working at the brothels couldn’t offer. While controversial, she is doing this to help her family and restore her home.
While prostitution is practiced across the country, Nevada is the only state where it is legal. As of 2015, there are 19 brothels operating in the state, CNN reported.
Dennis Hof owns seven of Nevada’s operations and he is who Stone turned to in her time of need last year. According to CNN, Hof agreed to sell Stone’s one-time service as long as he gets 50 percent of the profits from the final bid.
“People say you are supposed to do it for love,” Stone told CNN. “But if you think about it, I am doing it because I love my family.”
At the moment, Stone’s virginity bid is a little over $400,000 and she is still waiting to accept an offer.
“I’m waiting for a man who I feel a connection with so that the experience can be special for both of us,” Stone told CNN. “It’s really not just about the money.”
Until she accepts a bid, Stone is still contracted to provide services at the brothel. According to CNN, she has done simple parties that Stone said ‘has been very PG-13.’ Even after her virginity is auctioned Stone plans to stay at the ranch.
“I anticipate to continue working at the ranch for the next five years,” she told CNN. “I plan to go to law school in the future.”
While Stone has been criticized for her decision, Hof hasn’t gotten off easy. According to CNN, Hof employs over 500 women at his ranches in Nevada including about 30 every weeknight at the famous Moonlite Bunny Ranch.
Hof said of Stone to CNN, “"It is her choice. I don't think it is a good idea for a girl to drink six tequilas and lose her virginity on the bathroom floor in a frat house ... If she wants to (sell) it, I think that's great."
"I have the right to choose what I do with my body," Stone said. "And in this troubling economy, do you blame me?”