A NEW ZEALAND teenager who says she auctioned her virginity online for NZ$45,000 (€22,000) to raise tuition money did not break any laws but it might be risky for her to follow through on the deal, police warned yesterday.
The 19-year-old student offered her virginity to the highest bidder on www.ineed.co.nz under the name “Unigirl”, saying she would use the money to pay for her tuition. She said 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 NZ$45,000.
Website 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”.
In New Zealand, prostitution among consenting adults is legal in brothels and on the streets, and offering sexual services in print and online ads is also within the law.
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 reporters. “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.
“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.”
In January newspapers reported that a 16-year-old girl in Northern Ireland had offered to sell her virginity on an online advertising site but recanted after a reporter posing as a bidder identified himself as from the media.
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