At one of Nevada’s infamous legal brothels, a 20-year-old woman recently signed up for work – but not to have sex.
Instead, Katherine Stone, who dreams of one day becoming a lawyer, planned to sell something other women working at the bordello couldn’t offer: Her virginity.
Like the brothels themselves, Stone’s choice has been controversial, particularly for those who believe a woman’s virginity should only be shared for love.
But in Stone’s eyes, that’s exactly what she’s doing.
’I love my family’
In 2014, Stone’s family home in Seattle, Washington, was destroyed by a fire. Without insurance, Stone and her family found themselves forced to remain in the scorched property.
Then came the day when she noticed an ad on Facebook, and “I found out all about the brothels and the money,” Stone says. “It made me think, ‘Wow, it’s a chance at fixing all that I need to fix.’”
While prostitution is practiced across the United States, Nevada is the only state where it’s a legal activity. Any Nevada county with a population below