Woman's virginity offer not illegal
A teenager who says she auctioned her virginity online for £24,000 to raise tuition money did not break any laws but it might be risky for her to follow through on the deal, according to police.
The anonymous 19-year-old student, who lives in New Zealand, offered her virginity to the highest bidder on www.ineed.co.nz under the name "Unigirl", saying the money will pay her university fees.
She said in a post that around 30,000 people had viewed her advert and more than 1,200 had bid. She accepted an offer of 45,000 New Zealand dollars (£24,000).
Unlike similar websites in New Zealand, bidding and correspondence between buyers and sellers on the ineed site is private so it is not known what bids Unigirl's offer received.
Site owner Ross McKenzie said the site's policy was that as long as an advert was legal and did not offend the general standards of society, "it was OK." He confirmed Unigirl was a member on the site.
Prostitution is legal in New Zealand. Prostitution among consenting adults is allowed in brothels and on the streets, and offering sexual services in print adverts and online is also legal.
National police spokesman Jon Neilson said no law appeared to have been breached.
Unigirl, in her initial post, described herself as attractive, fit and healthy. She did not post a photograph of herself, and bidders did not appear to have a way of confirming any of the details of her posts.
Unigirl said she was desperate for money to pay university fees.
"I am offering my virginity by tender to the highest bidder as long as all personal safety aspects are observed," her advert read. "This is my decision made with full awareness of the circumstances and possible consequences."