photo credits: virginswanted.com.au
A SYDNEY waitress is selling her virginity, with final bidders facing off in a live auction.
In a new low in reality TV, the debauched deal is the brainchild of a filmmaker who plans to turn it into a documentary.
Justin Sisely has spent more than a year recruiting male and female virgins willing to auction themselves on camera. However, Sisely faces being charged with prostitution if he goes ahead with the deal on Australian soil.
Speaking for the first time since selecting his subjects, Sisely yesterday said he now planned a face-to-face auction in the US state of Nevada - home to "sin city" Las Vegas - with bidders in the same room as those auctioning off their virginity.
Sisely will pay each virgin $20,000 and they will also receive 90 per cent of the sale price, with the remaining 10 per cent going to the Nevada brothel where the auction will be held. Bids will be placed online before the final auction.
The Melbourne filmmaker said virgins previously selected had left the project and he was forced to find others willing to sell themselves. He was in Sydney last year holding "auditions" with posters calling for "Virgins Wanted" over an image of the Virgin Mary.
"The hardest part is telling the parents, they hate me," said Sisely, who confirmed he had moved the sale to the US after receiving a warning letter from the Victorian Government.
The Sydney 21-year-old, who uses the pseudonym Veronica, told of her parents' fury when she revealed her plan to sell herself. She said she signed up to the controversial project to earn money and to change 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.
One of the male virgins, known as Alex, 20, said he had applied as a way of meeting someone. Another candidate, known as Ronan, said he was sick of waiting for the right girl and would consider any offers.
A third candidate, known as John, said he was willing to have sex with a male or female bidder.
"Money is a good incentive but I'm really more excited about the journey I'm about to go on," he said.
The project has infuriated family advocates, with Family First Senator Steve Fielding branding it "absurd, ridiculous and disgusting".
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