January 29, 2020

The case filed in circuit court says a Scores Gentlemen's Club in Tampa illegally employed a minor with disabilities.

A recently-filed lawsuit accuses Tampa strip club Scores of human trafficking and sexual exploitation of a minor with disabilities.

In a release from the attorney of "Jane Doe," Scores is accused of "enabling and profiting from the sexual abuse of" a teen girl with disabilities. The lawsuit specifies the Tampa location of Scores, which is a national chain of gentlemen's clubs.

The lawsuit doesn't list the age of the teen but said she was under 18 at the time.

According to the release, an "unsavory male associate" brought Jane Doe to the Scores Tampa location one night in 2017. The club "had her dancing on stage within 30 minutes of her arrival, setting her down a path of sexual abuse, exploitation and prostitution," attorney Michael Dolce said.

Dolce said the teen was also taken to several other Tampa-area adult clubs by Torres hours before going to Scores, but those clubs refused to hire her. The lawsuit claims Scores didn't confirm her age or identity before hiring her.

Dolce also cites Scores' participation in the Club Operators Against Sex Trafficking program, which aims to raise awareness for and combat human trafficking.

The lawsuit was filed in the 13th Judicial Circuit in Hillsborough County by Palm Beach Gardens-based firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC. Jane Doe requested a trial by jury and damages in excess of $30,000.

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