The producers of an Australian reality TV show about young men and women selling their virginity has moved the show to the United States to avoid being charged with prostitution.
Authorities told Justin Sisley if he proceeded with filming his controversial show in Australia, he would be arrested. So he moved the show to Nevada, where prostitution is legal in parts of the state.
Sisley said he has found at least three virgins willing to take part in the show. They will each be paid $20,000, according to a report in the Sydney Daily Telegraph. But they have to give 10% of their earnings to the brothel which is hosting the event. Call it a commission.
Initial bids will be placed online. The final bidders will be invited to Nevada to meet their virgins and collect their prizes.
One contestant said she had signed up for the auction to earn money and challenge traditional perceptions about sex.
"Technically I'm selling my virginity for money, technically that would be classified as prostitution, but it's not going to be a regular thing, so in my head I can justify that I'm not going to be a prostitute," she said, adding "I don't think I'll regret it."
One of the male virgins said he had applied as a way of meeting someone.
Sisley admitted his plan was unpopular with the parents of the people involved. "They hate me," he said.