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Q&A: The Filmmaker Who Held a Virginity Auction

A screenshot from Catrina's video introduction for the ‘Virgins Wanted’ auction site
A screenshot from Catrina's video introduction for the ‘Virgins Wanted’ auction siteCourtesy YouTube

At the end of a 38-day online auction, Australian director Justin Sisely claims to have sold the virginity of two young people on Oct. 24 for his documentary, Virgins Wanted. According to the film’s website, 20-year-old Brazilian student Catarina Migliorini’s virginity went for $780,000, and that of 23-year-old Alexander Stepanov from Russia went for $3,000. Sisely told reporters the two will lose their virginity to the bidders on a plane to circumvent prostitution laws, but the acts will not be filmed.

According to Julia Sanchez, publicist for Sisely’s company, Thomas William Productions, bidders were required to send bank statements to prove they have the funds to bid. The money will be delivered when the winning bidders arrive in Australia next month. “This is definitely not a hoax,” she writes in an e-mail.