WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- An Australian teen set up a website to sell off her virginity.
- Despite the risk, she said she needed quick cash to pay for her college expenses and help pay her parent’s bills.
- Two bids worth $1,000 and $10,000 have already been offered, but teen aims to raise $100,000.
An 18- year-old teenager from Sydney, Australia is hoping to raise $100K by selling her virginity to the ‘highest bidder’. So far, she has already received two bids worth $1,000 and $10,000.
Shortly after getting her high school diploma, the teen set up a website using Siena Payton as her pen name to start off the auction.
Hoping to study IT at a university, she said that she just needed some “quick financial help and I think it’ll give me a good boost to help pay for college fees, textbooks, also a car and I can help my parents pay off their mortgage and pay bills.”
She also said that she doesn’t want to ask from her parents and would probably lie to them about where the money came from.
Aware that it can be risky and dangerous, she said: “It’s my body, for me it’s not a big deal. Most people do it for free.”
For many years, such stories have circulated but often came with doubts on whether they are just schemes or for publicity stunts.
Cinderella Escorts, the controversial German website was among those who promoted such stories. However, their integrity became questionable when one of its models, Romanian Aleexandra Khefren who previously claimed that she auctioned her virginity for $3.7 million when she was 18, confirmed it was all for a publicity stunt.
Payton said she sought advice from a student from Brazil who was auctioning her virginity for $1.3 million. She was told to set up a web page that includes details and rules for the entire process like documents to prove her virginity, and a 12-hour stay at the hotel picked by the ‘buyer’.
A section of the page read, “I don’t care about the age or appearance of a man, as long as they know how to take care of women…I will be waiting for you to take my innocence.”
The ‘virginity auction’ trend, especially among students in dire financial straits have placed them at a disadvantage, says Pink Cross Foundation founder Genevieve Gilbert. She advised women instead to seek help from social workers, as well as urging men to stop using women for their enjoyment.
However, it’s “neither positive nor negative” for senior social scientist Dr. Lauren Rosewarne. She said that it’s a woman’s choice however she uses her body. At the same time, she says the trend of women resorting to this to earn big and quick is a reflection of our culture and labor market realities.
She warned though that Payton should be careful because she might become her ‘own pimp’ eventually and that puts her in an uncertain situation.
Source: New York Post