Posted January 04, 2019 11:01:00 A sex worker who worked as a masseuse in Indiana is suing the state, alleging she was forced to work in a strip club while she was underage.
According to the lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis, Katie Richey was 17 when she was hired in October of 2016.
Richey, who said she is HIV-positive, said in the lawsuit that she was offered the job at a strip bar after she went to the bar with a friend.
The suit claims the strip club, known as the Blue Hole, was “a sex shop,” and that Richeys mother said she was told by a manager that the job would be “just for me.”
“She would give me a blow job,” Richew said.
Richy said she went into the club on Oct. 16, 2016, and was paid $20 for her time.
But she was never paid her full amount of $30.
Ritz was fired on Jan. 6, 2017, after the Indiana State Board of Nursing found Richews employer violated Indiana law by not informing her of the sexual nature of her work.
In a written statement to NBC News, Ritz said:I have been fighting for my freedom since November when I learned that my rights were being violated in Indiana.
As the lawsuit shows, I was discriminated against by my employer, which did not even notify me that I was being treated as a prostitute.
I will never be able to return to work as a sex work worker in Indiana or in other states where my rights have been violated.
I am committed to fighting for those rights.
I have never had to use my HIV status to protect myself or my clients.
I was a victim of a system that has no compassion for me or my community.
The Indiana Board of Health issued a ruling on Jan 1, 2017 saying Riche wll be required to register with the board as a licensed sex worker in the state.
Ritch’s lawsuit alleges that she has been denied medical care since November, and is seeking unspecified damages and attorney fees.ABC News’ Andrea Gresham contributed to this report.