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Sexual Assault or Reality TV?

Can a young woman legally auction off her virginity? Former Crown attorney and sexual assault defence lawyer Arun S. Maini, was interviewed by Yahoo Canada about a TV show that has the whole world talking about the limits to which contestants and producers can go in trying to catch the audience’s attention.

Catarina Migliorini is a young twenty-year-old appearing on a television show called “Virgins Wanted”. Her virginity is being auctioned off to the highest bidder. The winner is willing to pay $780,000 for the privilege. The pair plan to “seal the deal” on a plane travelling between Australia and the United States, to avoid the laws of each country. To complicate matters, Ms. Migliorini is a Brasilian national; the winning bidder is Japanese; and the show is produced in Australia. This raises a number of issues that would tie up any law school class, including whether the show’s producer is prostituting Ms. Migliorini; whether she is “soliciting” sex, and whether having sex on an airplane is illegal. If so, who should investigate? Is Ms. Migliorini committing a criminal offence? Or is she the victim of sexual assault?

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Arun S. Maini has practised criminal law since 1994. He graduated from the University of Toronto and Dalhousie University Law School. After articling, Mr. Maini joined the federal Department of Justice as a prosecutor, and later transferred to the provincial Crown Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted all manner of criminal offences, from theft to murder. In 2003, Mr. Maini left the government to establish The Defence Group. He has prosecuted and defended hundreds of cases, and has extensive jury trial experience.

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