A Russian student is auctioning off her virginity online to raise money to study abroad.
Ariana, 20, has put her virginity up for auction on an escort website, with a starting bid of $170,000. Bidders also have the option to get two virgins at once if they make an offer on Ariana's best friend, reports The Sun.
"Many students have the issue that during their studies they have to deal with multiple problems," Ariana said, explaining her controversial decision, reports the Daily Mail. "You have to go to work in order to pay for your education. I want to move to another country for my studies in medicine. The university will be very expensive, the rent will also be high. I imagine that living in another country will be very hard, therefore I want to get the financial burden out of the way so I can focus on my medical studies."
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Ariana says she doesn't think there is anything wrong with auctioning her virginity.
"It is the easiest way to earn money in a short time," she said.
The student explained that part of the reason behind her decision is that she has yet to find love.
"I am also an independent woman and can do just what I want. Believe me, I have thought long and hard to make this decision," she said. "I have hoped for so long to find my great love, but it did not work out. So why should I wait any longer? And why should I lose my virginity to someone who could then break my heart later?"
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Ariana says she looked into alternatives, but came to the conclusion that she would have no other opportunity to pay for her education.
The young woman says her parents are currently unaware of the auction.
Ariana's best friend, Lolita, is also auctioning off her virginity with bids beginning at the same price of $170,000.