The reasons for losing one's virginity are as old and as myriad as humanity itself, but they usually have to do with being addled by some combination of love, lust, alcohol, or the vague desire to spread your DNA around the planet. Gentle reader, meet 20-year-old Katherine Stone of Washington state, who says she would like to lose hers so that she might rebuild her family's home, which burned down uninsured in 2014. And given that family homes aren't cheap, Stone is now selling her virginity to the highest-yet-still-at-least-not-totally-terrible bidder; bids are currently north of $400,000. "People say you are supposed to do it for love," Stone tells CNN. "But if you think about it, I am doing it because I love my family."
To do it, Stone, who says she wants to be a lawyer, enlisted the help of brothel impresario Dennis Hof, who runs seven perfectly legal establishments of ill repute in Nevada. Hof, while acknowledging that helping Stone find a paying suitor is "controversial," adds that "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 currently resides at Hof's Kit Kat Ranch while she waits for her knight in golden armor. "I'm waiting for a man who I feel a connection with so that the experience can be special for both of us," she says. "It's really not just about the money." It's unclear whether Hof is taking a cut of Stone's proceeds. But, he tells KSAT, "she hasn’t found the right situation. She’s had guys that she’s liked that didn’t have enough money and she’s had guys that had enough but she didn’t like them." (This is not the first time that virginity lost in Vegas hasn't stayed in Vegas.)