A 20-year-old Brazilian student has found a unique way of raising money for homeless families in her hometown of Santa Catarina: She's selling her virginity online. The move is catching people's attention and garnering much criticism.
When Catarina Migliorini saw an ad for a Thomas Williams Productions documentary two years ago, she decided to apply. The documentary entitled Virgins Wanted has participants auctioning off their virginity to the highest bidder online.
Migliorini told Folha:
"The winning bidder will be entitled to get at least an hour with me. More than that, it depends on the moment.
The buyer can not act out fantasies, use sex toys, nothing. It is mandatory to use a condom and he can only take my virginity, nothing more. We can talk. But kissing, no. Kissing is not in the contract.
I imagine it will be a man older than me, but I'm not creating expectations."
Migliorini must submit to a gynecological examination to prove that she is a virgin. Both she and the winning bidder will be tested for any sexually transmitted diseases.
According to Fox News Latino the "event" will occur on board a flight from Australia to the U.S. in an effort to avoid any prostitution laws.
Accusations that participating in such a venture makes her a prostitute is not dissuading Migliorini. When interviewed by the Brazil Dispatch she quoted American philosopher Henry David Thoreau: “Public opinion is a weak tyrant compared with our own private opinion.”
She continued by saying her conscience is clear and “I am responsible for myself and my body. People who condemn me should worry about those who are hungry or in need of some support."
Migliorini also told the paper many women lose their virginity in “cheap” ways.
“Lots of people meet strangers in bars, have sex the same night and remember nothing the next day. Others lose their virginity to boyfriends and then things change. For me, the most important thing in life is not to harm others."
She told RT.com: "For me, it's not prostitution. When someone does something once in his or her life, this is not considered a profession. If you take a picture and it comes out good, you are not a photographer because of it.”Facebook users have a different opinion however. Comments ranging from "When you pay for sex, it IS prostitution, no two ways about it" to "No matter how you slice it this a definite case of prostitution. According to numerous dictionaries prostitution is defined simply: "One who solicits and accepts payment for sex acts". Regardless of some silly loophole that enables her to bypass the law, as she and the "lucky" guy will be on an airplane and out of any legal jurisdiction, this remains a clear act of prostitution." are filling the page about the auction.
The auction is set to close on Oct. 15. Migliorini and the winning bidder will have their encounter 10 days after that date. The bid is currently $160,000 and she will get $20,000 plus 90 percent of the final auction price.
Migliorini says she plans on donating a portion of the money she makes to help provide housing for poor families in her native Santa Catarina in southern Brazil. She has not said how much she will donate, but the the money will go to an NGO.
Migliorini will be filmed by Director Justin Sisely prior to and immediately after the encounter so her feelings and emotions can be documented. The actual sexual encounter will not be filmed however.