January 29, 2020

A lawsuit filed on Wednesday is accusing a Tampa strip club of exploiting a minor with disabilities and "steering her into illicit activity both within and beyond the club."

The lawsuit, filed in Hillsborough County by Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, revolves around Scores Tampa but says the "reckless and illegal practices" fit within the business model developed by the Scores chain.

“Enabling and profiting from the sexual abuse of a developmentally disabled teen-age girl is deplorable even by the standards of the adult entertainment industry,” said Michael Dolce, a Partner at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll and head of the firm’s Sexual Abuse, Sex Trafficking and Domestic Abuse practice. “We are prepared to present evidence in this case of reckless indifference to sexual abuse and human trafficking of our client in the drive for profits. The possibility, perhaps even the likelihood, that Scores and others in the industry employ this same business model at locations nationally is alarming. This is not the first case of this type, but it can be the last if the entire industry takes seriously the duty to prevent these crimes.”

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