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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