An 18-year-old girl is auctioning off her virginity on YouTube and says she plans to use the money to help her ailing mother. A television network has offered to pay for her mother’s medical expenses so the teenager won’t resort to the wild-eyed idea.
However, the deal fell through because Rebecca Bernardo said the wanted enough money to purchase a new home.
“Hi, my name is Rebecca. I’m here to auction off my virginity,” the teen says, according to a CNN report:
Bernardo told CNN she made the offer because she was desperate to help her ailing mother. She heard about Catarina Migliorini, a Brazilian woman who reportedly sold her virginity for $780,000 on an Australian website seeking virgins. Migliorini has reportedly yet to finalize the deal and receive the money, and Brazil is reportedly investigating whether the website should be charged with human trafficking. Nevertheless, Migliorini has received widespread publicity and modeling contracts — including a spread in Brazil’s version of Playboy magazine.
“I made up my mind right after my 18th birthday,” Bernardo said in an interview with CNN last month in her small, one-bedroom house. “That’s when my mother suffered a stroke.”
The stroke left her mother bed-ridden, unable to feed herself or go to the bathroom alone.
Bernardo said she looked for jobs and tried selling cosmetics and working as a waitress, but without a high school degree, the pay was minimal.
“I would get 150 reais ($75) for working all day, which would just pay the salary of someone to stay with my mother,” she said, after patiently feeding her mother a plate of reheated spaghetti.
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“There comes a time when you have to make decisions to get what you want. You have to be strong.”
Prostitution is legal in Brazil so the teenager would not be charged with breaking any laws.