ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Albuquerque Police are investigating an alleged rape at the Palms, an all nude strip club.
It is still early on in the case but the victim told investigators she was assaulted by a bouncer there.
The alleged victim is 19 years old.
Her mother spoke with News 13 on the condition of anonymity.
She said her daughter was coerced into drinking on the night of January 22nd by her co-workers at an apartment on the west side.
Then the group decided to go to the Palms, she said her daughter was drunk by the time she got to the 18 and over club.
"Usually I would think at a club the person that is supposed to be responsible for allowing you to go in would make sure you're ok or you're stable enough to go in," the mother said.
She said no one asked her daughter if she was ok or even questioned, instead they just let her in.
Once inside the club she claims her daughter was shuffled in and out of the bathroom by an older woman, a co-worker of her daughter's, who made her drink more and snort cocaine.
"She's putting it on her finger and providing it and giving it to her and telling her this will even her out and I don't know what she meant by that," the teen's mom said.
From there the teen said she was assaulted by not only the woman that gave her the cocaine but also by an employee who pulled her into a backroom.
"At that point my daughter was assaulted there and it just seemed like no one even questioned it after, no one questioned it before," her mother said.
The teen's mom called police the next day after her daughter called her at work because she was in excruciating pain that was January 23rd.
APD served a search warrant on the Palms a few days later.
"There were miniature alcoholic bottles empty bottles found in the dressing room is my understanding," said Lieutenant Gary Reed.
Alcohol is not allowed to be sold at The Palms because it is an all nude club.
Police said there is surveillance video from inside the club that night but would not say what was on it because of the ongoing investigation.
Last year neighbors and some surrounding businesses protested the opening of the all nude club, fearing it would bring trouble.
After public hearings and meetings, the club was given the go-ahead by the city to open.
The teen's mom said she understands the club has a right to operate as a legitimate business but she feels they are not operating on the up and up and that workers at The Palms should have done more to protect her daughter.
"I guess I feel like them being a place of business where they're supposed to be professional, someone could have intervened," she said.
No one has been charged in this case, but investigators said that will change.
Lt. Reed said this is the first incident like this involving The Palms.
The owner of The Palms told News 13 on the phone that he is cooperating with police and has nothing to hide.
He said he has suspended the bouncer pending the outcome of APD's investigation.
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