Katherine Stone lost her home to fire in 2014 in Seattle, Washington. Since her family didn’t have insurance, they couldn’t repair the vast damage to the property.
There was no money to pay the bills — let alone start a new life.
But then last year Stone came across the story of Natalie Dylan, a student from San Diego, California, who grabbed headlines after she announced to auction her virginity to pay for a master’s degree.
Stone had an idea.
She contacted the same person, Dennis Hof, through which Dylan had arranged the “auction.”
Meanwhile, Stone came across a Facebook advertisement about brothels, a discovery that eventually made her work on her idea, which was, to sell her virginity.
“People say you are supposed to do it for love. But if you think about it, I am doing it because I love my family,” she told CNN’s Lisa Ling on recently aired segment of “This is Life.”
The now-21-year-old Stone eventually got in touch with Hof, who owns the Kit Kat Ranch, one of Nevada's 18 legal brothels.
Initially, he resisted the idea, however, after meeting her mother, who had traveled to Nevada with her daughter, he agreed.
“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.”
Stone, who started working at the Hof’s brothel in May, has had a lot of offers but she hasn’t accepted any yet. She claims the highest bid for her virginity, so far, is reportedly around $400,000.
“I'm waiting for a man who I feel a connection with so that the experience can be special for both of us," she told CNN. "It's really not just about the money."
A lot of people have reacted to the young woman’s unusual story ever since it went on-air. While some respected Stone’s decision, others were critical.
@KDVR isn't sorry, dear, but this is sad. Don't set women back 100 years by selling yourself. There's other ways to raise money!— Wanderlust202 (@CarrSnoop) October 20, 2016