Catarina Migliorini, a 20-year-old Brazilian woman, has auctioned off her virginity for $780,000, the first step in an Australian "documentary" experiment that takes "prurient" to new lows.
Migliorini's male counterpart in the project, a 21-year-old Australian student, wasn't so lucky: He attracted only a $3,000 winning offer from a bidder in Brazil.
The auction winners, who will first undergo STD screening, will remain anonymous. They'll claim their prize aboard a flight from Australia to the United States, an apparent effort to avoid prostitution charges. The sex won't appear in the proposed documentary, Virgins Wanted, but producers will interview the subjects before and after the airborne encounters.
Migliorini has said she considers this a business decision and that she will donate much of her winnings to charity. She also offered this rationalization to Britain's Daily Mail: "If you only do it once in your life then you are not a prostitute, just like if you take one amazing photograph it does not automatically make you a photographer."