Sexual Assault or Reality TV?

Posted by  on March 24, 2015
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, lawyer and founder of The Defence Group, has practised criminal law since 1995. He’s a graduate of the University of Toronto and Dalhousie University Law School. After completing his articles at a Bay St. law firm, Mr. Maini joined the federal Department of Justice as a prosecutor of drug trafficking, tax evasion, and immigration fraud cases in Toronto, Brampton and Vancouver. In 1999, Mr. Maini transferred to the provincial Crown attorney’s office in Brampton, where he prosecuted a wide range of criminal offences, from theft to murder. In 2003, Mr. Maini left the government to establish The Defence Group. Mr. Maini handles all criminal offences and regulatory prosecutions.

Over more than 25 years as a criminal lawyer, Mr. Maini has prosecuted and defended hundreds of criminal cases, and has extensive jury trial experience. Mr. Maini has also lectured at The Advocates’ Society and has taught advocacy at the Law Society and Osgoode Hall Law School’s Intensive Trial Advocacy program. Maini appears occasionally in the media to comment on criminal law – see examples from the CBC, the Toronto Star, and the National Post.

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