A controversial auction to sell off a Brazilian woman's virginity has come to an end Wednesday with six bidders confirmed as competing. The auction ended with a Japanese man winning with a final bid of $780,000.
The man called Natsu outbid three Americans, one Australian and one Indian. Catarina Migliorini, 20, is now obliged, according to the auction, to lose her virginity in her first sexual encounter with Natsu on Nov. 3.
Migliorini, who is currently in Bali, Indonesia, has previously said that she will donate part of the money she makes from taking part in the auction to charities in Santa Catarina state, in the southern part of Brazil. She has also stated that she intends to use some to fund her medical studies in Argentina.
The young woman was previously a Physical Education student in Brazil, but halted those studies before enrolling in a Medicine program in Argentina. She has since decided to travel to Asia, and signed up to be part of a documentary called "Virgins Wanted," which will document her auctioning her virginity and her footsteps leading up to the encounter. The documentary will not show the sexual encounter.
However, the documentary has sparked outrage across the globe, with many Christians and pro-family groups voicing their concerns over the ethics of the auction, as well as the spiritual consequences for Catarina's life.
Brazilian Pastor Sarah Sheeva, who is a well-known advocate for sexual abstinence before marriage, has said that she believes Migliorini will be spiritually connected to the man she loses her virginity to until the day she dies, even if she holds no long term feelings for him.
According to Sheeva, unless Catarina has an experience with Jesus, the spiritual covenant made by the sexual relationship can never be broken.
"Only the blood of Jesus Christ can clean and break an alliance like this, which is beyond the physical body, and involves the spiritual body," Sheeva told The Christian Post.
Similarly the news shocked Pastor Jaime Kemp, who has a Doctorate in Family Ministry.
"It [the news] greatly saddened me," Kemp has told CP. Kemp is originally from California and conducts an outreach to young adults across Brazil. He added, "It is the use and abuse of the girl."
The consummation will take place on a private flight from Australia to the United States, apparently to avoid prostitution laws. According to the rules, sex toys will be banned and the use of sexual protection will be compulsory.
Some have accused the 20-year-old of prostituting herself, however, she has denied that she is a prostitute, and claims that as she will do this only once, that label would be inaccurate for her.
A male virgin called Alexander, who is also taking part in the documentary, also sold his virginity in an auction. His virginity was sold for $3,000 to a Brazilian woman called Nene B.
Both Catarina and Alexander will reportedly receive $20,000 as well as 90 percent of their "sale" figure for taking part in the controversial documentary.