February 3, 2010

Young Girl Sells Virginity To Pay For College

On Wednesday, a New Zealand girl accepted an offer to sleep with a stranger after auctioning off her virginity to help pay for college.

The 19-year-old sold her virginity to the highest bidder in an online auction on the ineed.co.nz website, which saw over 1,200 bids.

"I have accepted an offer in excess of 45,000 dollars (NZD), which is way beyond what I dreamed," the student said on her web page when the auction ended. In US currency, that amount equals $32,000.

"Thank you to the more than 30,000 people who viewed my ad and to the more than 1,200 offers made."

The young woman described herself as attractive, fit and healthy, and she said she never had been in a sexual relationship. 

Her ad said, "I am offering my virginity by tender to the highest bidder as long as all personal safety aspects are observed," her ad said. "This is my decision made with full awareness of the circumstances and possible consequences."

The proprietor of the website, Ross MacKenzie, told the Waikato Times newspaper that he was authorized to confirm the transaction.

New Zealand has some of the world's most liberal laws on prostitution.

A woman in New Zealand can legally seek payment for sex and MacKenzie said there was no reason for his website not to accept the advertisement.

"Our approach is provided it's not illegal or offensive, we'll run the ad," he said.

Bruce Pilbrow of the organization Parents Inc. said it was "horrifically sad" the woman sold herself to meet tuition costs, however sexologist Blair Bishop described it as "just a novel form of sex work."

Catherine Healy, of the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective, ask the teen to contact her organization for "practical information" on the realities of sex work.