A 20-year-old Seattle woman put her virginity up for sale to help her family in the wake of a fire that destroyed their home.
Katherine Stone decided to move to Nevada and live at a brothel so she could sell her virginity and help her family following the 2014 fire. Her family had no insurance, and therefore no way to rebuild after their house was destroyed.
“People say you are suppose to do it for love," Stone told CNN. "But if you think about it, I am doing it because I love my family."
Stone said she was on Facebook when she came across an advertisement for a legal brothel owned by Dennis Hof and decided to do some research.
“'I found out all about the brothels and the money,” she said. “It made me think, 'Wow, it's a chance at fixing all that I need to fix.'"
Stone contacted Hof and they made a deal that saw the owner getting half of the winning bid.
“It is her choice," Hof said in regards to the contract. "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.”
Stone said she’s had many offers so far, with the highest being $400,000. She has yet to accept one, though, as she said she’s waiting for the right person.
“I'm waiting for a man who I feel a connection with so that the experience can be special for both of us," she said. "It's really not just about the money."
Under her contract with Hof, she must provide men with non-intercourse services like massages and other “parties.”
“I anticipate to continue working at the ranch for the next five years," she said. "I plan to go to law school in the future."
The young woman said she’s been criticized for her decision, with one article being particularly hurtful.
“It was a Christian lady; she said I had no self-respect, which I disagree with completely. I mean, I obviously value myself,” she said.
The young woman’s story went viral, with some questioning why she felt she had to go to such lengths to help her family.
“Why?" one Daily Mail reader commented. "Didn't her family have homeowner's insurance that would have paid out in case of fire? If not, ever heard of GoFundMe? Whatever... I just can't believe that anyone would pay that much to take a person's virginity, especially this person."