After a 20-year-old Brazilian auctioned off her virginity three months ago for $780,000, high school student Rebecca Bernardo made the decision she would also offer her deflowering to the highest bidder.
The 18-year-old says she is auctioning off her virginity in an effort to raise money for her ailing mother, who recently suffered a stroke.
After announcing the auction on YouTube, the Sapeacu native, who has so far received three bids, the highest at $35,000, told CNN: 'I made up my mind right after my 18th birthday. That's when my mother suffered a stroke.'
The teen says she tried other methods of employment, such a working as a waitress, but the cost of paying for a caretaker to look after her bedridden mother proved too high for her hourly wages.
The stroke left her mother unable to fed herself or go to the bathroom alone.
A neighbor explained that Miss Bernardo's older sister passed away several years ago and she never knew her father.
'She had no one to go to, no one to help,' said the neighbor. 'This is the only solution she found.'
However Miss Bernardo's mother told CNN from her bed that she thinks her daughter 'should look for work.
'She shouldn't prostitute herself,' she said.
Adult prostitution itself, or exchanging sex for money, in Brazil is legal.
A local mechanic from Miss Bernado's hometown said when she first posted the video, which had 3,000 views on the first day, people threw coins at her in the street.
Now, one month into the auction and the teenager has a high bid of $35,000, which is 22 times less than the money brought in by fellow Brazilian virgin Catarina Migilorini, who used an online auction to raise $780,000 in October.
This auction was part of an Australian documentary called Virgins Wanted, which plans to fly Miss Migilorini, who is currently in Bali awaiting a visa, to Australian for the encounter and will interview her before and after the deed.
If the consummation goes forward, it will be in spite of efforts by Brazil’s attorney general, Joao Pedro de Saboia Bandeira de Mello Filho, who ordered an 'urgent investigation,' to look into the auction, which he described as 'people trafficking'.
Despite taking money in exchange for sex, Miss Migilorini denied being a prostitute.
She told the New York Daily News at the time: 'If you only do it once in your life then you are not a prostitute, just like if you take one amazing photograph it does not automatically make you a photographer.'
Miss Bernardo acknowledged Miss Migilorini as an inspiration, which, she says, made her realise she could use her virginity as an asset, and a commodity.
She said: 'There comes a time when you have to make decisions to get what you want. You have to be strong.'
However she also noted: 'It's a lot of responsibility to face alone. I'm not really prepared.'
She recently rejected a local TV network's offer to cover her mother's medical expenses if stopped the auction, because she says, she also wants to relocate with her mother.