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  • 31 October 2012, 12:24

Virginity auction could trigger charges

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The man behind an auction in which a Brazilian student sold her virginity for 485,000 could face charges.

Catarina Migliorini, 20, sold her virginity in an online auction to a man in Japan known as "Natsu" for $780,000.

The pair plan to seal the deal in a plane flying over international waters to avoid prostitution laws.

But Brazil's attorney general, Joao Pedro de Saboia Bandeira de Mello Filho, has ordered an "urgent investigation," to look into the case.

He wrote in a letter to the country's foreign minister that the auction "looks to me like the crime of people trafficking."

The attorney general says Justin Sisely, the director who staged the auction as part of a documentary, should be arrested for sex trafficking.

He also says Migliorini, who currently lives in Australia, should have her visa revoked and be returned to Brazil to face prostitution charges.

In an interview with Business Week, Mr Sisely said he believed he and his attorneys had done the legwork to make sure the auction was legal.

"There's a fine line there in terms of legalities," he said. "We do not intend to break laws. We have created the right processes so we can achieve it."