Virgin Auction

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- A New Zealand teenager who says she auctioned her virginity online for $32,000 to raise tuition money did not break any laws but it might be risky for her to follow through on the deal, police warned Wednesday.

The anonymous 19-year-old student offered her virginity to the highest bidder on the Web site under the name "Unigirl," saying she would use the money to pay for her tuition. She said in a post that more than 30,000 people had viewed her ad and more than 1,200 had made bids before she accepted an offer of more than New Zealand dollars 45,000 ($32,000).

Unlike similar New Zealand Web sites, bidding and correspondence between buyers and sellers on the ineed site is private so it is not known what bids Unigirl's offer received.

Web site owner Ross McKenzie said the site's policy was that as long as an ad was legal and did not offend the general standards of society, "it was OK." He confirmed Unigirl was a member on the site.

Prostitution is legal in New Zealand under laws considered more liberal than many countries. Prostitution among consenting adults is allowed in brothels and on the streets, and offering sexual services in print ads and online is also legal.

National police spokesman Jon Neilson said no law appeared to have been breached.

But "we would suggest it's not a safe practice," Neilson told The Associated Press. "There are definitely issues of personal safety" in using chat rooms, social dating networks and other Internet sites that can be used to arrange meetings between strangers.

Unigirl, in her initial post, described herself as attractive, fit and healthy. She did not post a photograph of herself, and bidders did not appear to have a way of confirming any of the details of her posts.

Unigirl said she was desperate for money to pay university fees.

"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 internet has increasingly been used for offering and arranging sex services, and security concerns have quickly followed.

In the United States, 23-year-old former medical student Philip Markoff has pleaded not guilty to killing a masseuse he met on the Craigslist classified advertising site, and raping a stripper and robbing another woman he met in the same way.

Virginity has also been offered for sale online. British newspapers reported last week that a 16-year-old girl in Ireland had offered to sell her virginity on an online classified advertising site but recanted after a reporter posing as a bidder identified himself as from the media. A 22-year-old student in San Diego says she has received bids of up to $3.7 million for her virginity, which is being offered for sale through a brothel in Nevada, CNN reported.

Last year, a Philadelphia woman was charged with promoting prostitution after posting an ad online offering sex for tickets to a World Series baseball game.

Catherine Healy of the New Zealand Prostitutes' Collective, a group that represents sex workers on health and rights issues, said the New Zealand teenager had entered into sex work by offering herself online.

"The amount of money is absolutely huge - and that puts her under enormous pressure to perform all sorts of acts," she said.

But Healy said it was also possible that the successful bidder wanted to "save" the teenager and would not ask her to have sex.

She said the teenager would still have the right to refuse to have sex with the bidder if she changed her mind, and that the bidder could claim his money back.

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  • by Jay Jay Location: New Bern on Feb 10, 2010 at 05:58 PM
    Considering most women in the eastern NC area demand that you make their car payment or pay their back rent before you're "allowed" to get to "third base," this is not unusual. Either that, or you're buying pampers, clothes and toys for her kid. A man is better off ignoring women all together, unless he wants to live a life of poverty and possibly jail time. The number of women I met across this area over the past 5 years like that is ridiculous. Even in nice bars or at expensive restaurants for first dates. It's all "gimme gimme" then you get some as a reward. What makes them so special? Forget it. Let them pay their own way, live in HUD housing with their '93 Cavalier and fatherless kid, for all I care.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Feb 6, 2010 at 01:52 AM
    LOL.... why doesn't she strip and use that money to pay for college like a lot of females? ...I don't think she's a virgin... I think she's a hustler! ...This man is going to make sure he gets his money's worth... YUCK!
  • by R Location: Wash on Feb 3, 2010 at 06:01 PM
    Whats the big deal? Every woman sells it one or another. Shes getting her cash up front where most get it piece meal movie, dinner, ring, they are all still payments.
  • by Mike Location: no tell motel on Feb 3, 2010 at 05:13 PM
    The way I see it . The virginity is hers to do as she gets ready to with it. If it feels good do it !
  • by Money Talks on Feb 3, 2010 at 04:05 PM
    You sell your mind and body to your employer for compensation, and sometimes for alot less all year long. This girl has got it figured out, $32,000 for 30 seconds, sounds like she hit a home run. Don't be jealous, be supportive. She could be leaching off the government but she chose to be self-sufficient. I can only imagine how she is going to pay for her masters degree.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Feb 3, 2010 at 03:08 PM
    Here's one for you folks, teach your sons and daughters not to have sex until they are married. Now what do you propose we do with "children" that have sex and produce a child, in most cases the care of the child is up the mother, the father(sperm donor, in most cases) seeks safer ground and no longer has anything to do with the child or mother. In most cases this is better for the child and mother. In one case I know the so called father has not had contact or offered any support for the mother or child, he has also fathered another child out of wed lock. How bout you folks putting some pressure on these "so called fathers", or is this ok.
  • by WoW on Feb 3, 2010 at 01:30 PM
    Ok so did she stop to think that umm maybe she could get a "job"!! Or apply for financial aid?? Or ohoh how about get a school loan like most people have to do???? Why get an education if you can sell your body for that kind of money. I bet her parents are real proud!!
  • by B Location: NC on Feb 3, 2010 at 12:46 PM
    Sounds like a great country, smart girl, why give it away when you can sell it.
  • by enc Location: enc on Feb 3, 2010 at 12:24 PM
    a really, really sad story. her first sexual experience is as a paid for woman.

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