That's not the set-up to a joke. It actually happened over the past few weeks online. Catarina Migliorini is the virgin in question—she's a physical education student who has said publicly that she will donate the bulk of her winnings to Brazilian charities. She recently told the Daily Mail that she doesn't see this as prostitution, just a business decision (which, well, maybe something got lost in translation there).
“If you only do it once in your life then you are not a prostitute, just like if you take one amazing photograph it does not automatically make you a photographer,” she said. “The auction is just business, I'm a romantic girl at heart and believe in love. But this will make a big difference to my area.”
Today, after a feverish final day of bidding, her winner was announced. He's from Japan, he goes only by the name of Natsu, and he just threw down $780,000 for the privilege of deflowering Migliorini on a plane over the Pacific Ocean. If it seems like a sign of our corrupt and immoral times that this is happening, well, you're right. It's… well…
Ah, what am I kidding. $780,000?!?! The things I would do for 780 grand. Migliorini better spend it wisely:
Although Migliorini, a physical education student, has claimed to media that she planned to donate as much as 90 percent of the auction price to charities that will build homes in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, even auction organizer Justin Sisely, who devised the plan for a proposed documentary, was skeptical.
“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,” Australian filmmaker Justin Sisely told The Huffington Post recently. “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.”
Sounds like she's on the right track.
A similar contest was held for a male virgin named Alex Stepanov. The winning bid to make him a man was $777,000 less than Migliorini's. God knows what that bidder is into.
H/T: Huffington Post