Talk about virgin air. A 20-year-old Brazilian woman is auctioning off her virginity for a one-time tryst on an airplane, reports say.
To make the skies even friendlier, Catarina Migliorini says she'll donate some of the money to provide housing for poor families in her native Santa Catarina in southern Brazil.
The Internet bidding reached $160,000 Friday afternoon. The auction ends Oct. 15.
Migliorini insisted in a statement to the Sao Paulo daily Folha that she is not a hooker and still believes in love. "For me, it's not prostitution," she said. "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."
But there are some eyebrow-raising aspects to her venture. The Daily Mail reported that Migliorini is having sex for the first time as part of an Australian film project called "Virgins Wanted." She's getting $20,000 and a 90-percent cut of the auction price. The documentary also features a male virgin named Alex Stepanov, who received a $1,300 bid on Friday.
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It wasn't clear how much Migliorini would donate to what she said would be an NGO. She said in the paper that she wanted to see the world and make a difference, claiming that she was not a hypocrite and would keep some of the money. She plans to study medicine in Argentina.
The winning bidder will be checked out for STDs (a condom is still mandatory), and they'll do the deed aboard a private flight from Australia to the United States. Somehow that avoids prostitution laws, she said in the Folha article.
Facebook users who have read the story have their own opinions about the nature of her rendezvous:
"Pure prostitution, nothing more," Heris Dominguez wrote in Portuguese that required no translation.
Emile Rodriguez wrote: "She doesn't have the capacity to land a good job, and so after this money ends, which man is going to want to marry or have a relationship with her? Your future is as a sex worker. You're already in training."
Fabricio Eduardo took a more positive view. "I support her. She's doing a right thing."
Of course, there's the nagging issue of whether the 20-year-old is really a virgin. The average age for Brazilians losing their virginity is 16.5 years old, just behind the United States world-leading average of 16.4, according to published research. Migliorini said she'll prove it with a test.
And, by the way, the actual sex won't be filmed. The documentary covers her life before and after the big moment. "This is not porn," she explained. "Otherwise I would die of shame."
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