The 19-year-old removed her clothes in the backseat of the black rental SUV and asked for $100 before she would have sex with Courtney Wayne Dawson.
But instead of cash, Dawson pulled out a kitchen knife.
He attacked the prostitute, gashing her fingers, before he raped her in the Aurora Avenue parking spot, hidden between two large semi-trucks.
The woman climbed out of the front seat so fast, she left a shoe and her underwear behind. Covered in her own blood, she watched the Colorado businessman drive away on that 2011 August night.
It was the night the 19-year-old joined the ranks of thousands of sex workers who've experienced physical and sexual violence on the job. But she's among just a few who felt empowered to report the violent crime to police.
Globally, sex workers have a 45 to 75 percent chance of experiencing violence in their lifetime, according to the American Journal of Public Health. But often, the perpetrators are never caught because their victims stay silent out of fear they'll suffer their own legal consequences for engaging in prostitution.
It's a fear that King County prosecutors hope to squash with a recent policy change. Sex workers will no longer face prosecution for prostitution when they're seeking medical help or reporting a crime against someone else or themselves. The new policy mimics Washington's Good Samaritan law that protects people who call 911 when someone overdoses on drugs.
Richey, who runs the sexual assault unit, maintains an unofficial list of a dozen or so cases that his office has prosecuted against people who commit violent crimes against people in the sex industry.
His list includes convicted rapists, like 43-year-old Dawson, and murderers like serial killer Gary Ridgeway. Ridgeway, known as the "Green River killer,” pled guilty to murdering at least 49 Washington women before he was caught in 2001. The list also includes the case against Song Wang, who was convicted of first-degree murder for the 2015 killing of a Bellevue women who advertised sexual services on backpage.com.
Richey's concern, he said, is that his list doesn't even scratch the surface. And he wants to get justice for the victimized sex workers who have been too afraid to speak up.