As was reported by Digital Journal
last week, Catarina Migliorini, a 20-year-old Brazilian student, is auctioning off her virginity to the highest bidder as part of the Virgins Wanted
When Migliorini announced her decision to participate in the auction, she stated
she planned on donating a portion of the money she makes to an NGO (Non-governmental Agency) to help provide housing for poor families in her native Santa Catarina in southern Brazil.
Justin Sisely, the Australian filmmaker who came up with the Virgins Wanted
idea, was shocked by Migliorini's comments. Sisely told the Huffington Post
"I was surprised she said that because in all my dealings with her, she made it clear that it was a business decision for her. Now, given how big this story is in Brazil, she's trapped. If she doesn't give any money to charity, she's going to look bad."
, which ends October 15th, currently has 12 bids for Migliorini with a high bid of $160,000 from American Jack Miller. When contacted, Virgins Wanted refused to say if bidder was using a pseudonym or if the identity of bidders are verified in any way.
Migliorini has not only received criticism for her willingness to participate in such a project, but many have questioned her motives. Facebook comments include:
"i dont believe for a second if anyone does pay her that the money will go any further than her own pocket."
She's no virgin A con artist maybe
Another woman wondered why Migliorini did not set up the contract so money went directly to an NGO, saying:
"The Article Says That SHE will receive $20,000 and 90 percent of the final auction bid. -- WHY Wouldn't the Contract Be Set Up in Such a Way, That All of THAT Money Goes DIRECTLY To an Established and Reputable Charitable Group Involved With Building Homes For the Poor. -- Makes One Wonder -- Doesn't It!"
A message sent on Sunday through the Catarina Migliorini facebook
page went unanswered. A follow-up email was sent on Thursday, to which the following reply was received (this is a translated response)
"I am waiting to see what the final bid will be before announcing the amount of money to be donated. I am still investigating charities and will make a decision as to which one will get the money after I have fully looked at them."
However, the Facebook page says she has already located an organization:
"I found a non-governmental organization and build homes for the poor of this hometown."