The virginity auction of Brazilian teen Rebecca Bernardo has already gathered the world’s attention. So far her virginity auction has received three bids, with the highest being $35,000. The 18-year-old says she is auctioning off her virginity in an effort to raise money for the care of her sick mother and so she can relocate.
After announcing the auction on YouTube, the Sapeacu native told CNN why she made these plans to prostitute herself before the world with a virginity auction:
“I made up my mind right after my 18th birthday. That’s when my mother suffered a stroke.”
According to neighbors in Brazil, Rebecca Bernado never knew her father and her sister died years ago, so there is no one at home to help with her mother. The stroke left her mother unable to feed herself or go to the bathroom alone, so neighbors say she feels like she has no other choice:
“She had no one to go to, no one to help. This is the only solution she found.”
Rebecca’s mother does not approve of the virginity auction plan and hopes that Bernardo will get a job instead. An offer by a Brazilian TV network to pay for her mother’s medical expenses was apparently refused as Rebecca Bernardo is also seeking money to relocate.
Despite these plans, Rebecca Bernardo told the New York Daily News she does not consider herself to be committing prostitution, which is actually legal in Brazil:
“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. There comes a time when you have to make decisions to get what you want. You have to be strong. It’s a lot of responsibility to face alone. I’m not really prepared.”
This isn’t the first case of a virgin selling herself in Brazil. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, 20-year-old Catarina Migilorini put her virginity on sale online as part of an auction organized by an Australian documentary filmmaker. The film is to be called Virgins Wanted, and Migilorini eventually accepted an offer of $780,000.
This large sum of cash is reportedly what tempted Rebecca Bernardo to copycat the idea. In addition, Migilorini has now accepted an offer to pose for Playboy. Brazil’s government has gone out of its way to block her from leaving the country by imposing visa issues. Brazil’s attorney general, Joao Pedro de Saboia Bandeira de Mello Filho, considers these virginity auctions to be people trafficking. We might assume that Rebecca Bernardo may face the same difficulties with whoever wins her virginity.