Brazilian teen to auction off virginity

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SAPEACU, BRAZIL – You know the saying, desperate times call for desperate measures?’ This story pretty much sums that phrase up.

18-year-old Rebecca Bernardo lives in the small Brazil town of Sapeacu with her mother and she’s become quite popular around town ever since she posted a video on YouTube.

She says in the video, in Spanish, “My name is Rebecca, I’m here to auction off my virginity.”

Rebecca says she was motivated by desperation, but inspired by another Brazilian, Catarina Migliorini.

Catarina offered to sell her virginity through an Australian website which got widespread publicity and modeling contracts.

However, Rebecca’s not just doing this for modeling contracts, “I made up my mind right after my 18th birthday. That’s when my mother suffered a stroke.”

The stroke left her bed-ridden, unable to feed herself or go to the bathroom alone.

Rebecca says she tried selling cosmetics and worked as a waitress but the money only covered the salary of a caretaker for her mother.

The first day, her video got 3000 hits. The reaction in her hometown was a little hostile.

As you can imagine, her bed ridden mom is devastated saying, “She should look for work, her mom says. She shouldn’t prostitute herself.”

She’s received three bids, the highest one for $35,000.

A Brazilian TV network offered to pay medical expenses if she called off the auction.

So now her desperation has turned to dreams. She wants enough money to care for her mother and start a new life in a different town but wouldn’t say how much is needed.

The TV deal fell through and the auction is back on.

Hey Rebecca, if the whole auction virginity thing doesn’t work out for you, you should just come to the U.S.

We have a little something called Obamacare; our taxes should take real good care of your mom.