Herald on Sunday Jan 31, 2010
A cash-strapped Kiwi student is selling her virginity to the highest online bidder. Unigirl, a 19-year-old from Northland, has placed an ad on Hamilton-based website I Need under the heading Relationship for Sale. “I am desperate for money to pay my ongoing fees. I have never had a sexual relationship and am still a virgin. I am offering my virginity by tender to the highest bidder as long as all personal safety aspects are observed,” reads the ad. “This is my decision made with full awareness of the circumstances and possible consequences. I am fit, healthy and have no medical conditions of any nature. I am a keen athlete and have a trim physique.”
David Do, co-president of the New Zealand Union of Students Associations, said the union sympathised with Unigirl’s financial situation. “Many students are hard-up given the recession, which means it’s been harder to find jobs.” Bruce Pilbrow, CEO of family organisation Parents Inc, thought it was “horrifically sad that a young lady feels that to get into university, she has to give away something so valuable and precious”. Catherine Healy, of the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective, said she hadn’t heard of anyone else in New Zealand selling their virginity and found Unigirl’s listing “extremely worrying”. Healy urged the student to contact NZPC for “practical information” on the realities of sex work. But sexologist Blair Bishop said he saw no problem with Unigirl’s offer. “It’s just a novel form of sex work.”
Family First Comment: It’s every parent’s worst nightmare that their daughter would prostitute herself to pay fees, or that their son would act as a pimp to raise funds to study. When the politicians decriminalised prostitution, it still didn’t make it right. There is huge stigma against prostitution and quite rightly. But when the MP’s foolishly decriminalised it, the underlying message to younger people was that we condoned it – which was completely out of sync with public sentiment. We’d encourage the 19 year old to keep her virginity and her dignity. The website should also remove the ad.