So I am sure many of you have seen this now, but it still baffles me that someone would do this. Okay, in a world maxed out with internet porn, celebrity sex tapes, and an endless supply of innuendo it definitely isn’t unbelievable, but still, I would like to talk with someone like this and understand the thought process behind using their body in such a way to make money. To each their own, I suppose. It just is something I would never do.
Online Virginity Auction Sparks Debate
By Natalie Dylan, amNewYork, New York
Jan. 15–Is it a hoax? A publicity stunt? Or just what it looks like: A 22-year-old woman auctioning off her virginity on the Internet.
In any case, the California woman — who goes by the pseudonym Natalie Dylan — has created an online sensation. She is the latest in a line of shocking online hawkers who are selling everything from organs to human eggs.
“It’s going too far, and it’ll go beyond that,” said Katherine Ramos, 35, of Harlem. “It all has to do with morality.”
Whether it’s the kidney or baby that went up for sale on eBay or the man who sold everything he owns for nearly $400,000, the online auction craze has produced some startling offers and responses. Dylan is not even the first woman to sell her virginity online.
Jeremy Saland, a Manhattan criminal defense attorney, said he has seen the Web used for a variety of dubious transactions.
“I have witnessed people selling things ranging from counterfeit money, fake passports and fraudulent diplomas to drugs, stolen electronics and even a tortoise that was an endangered species,” he said.
Though there is nothing novel about selling sex, Dylan’s brazen offer seems emblematic of an age in which virtually anything can be sold and buyers easily found.
“In the world of cyberspace, it’s very disembodied,” said David Salvage, a Manhattan psychologist. “This woman would not do this in her local community center.”
While the ethics of selling things like organs online can be debated, legally, there are clear rules: If a person sells or buys something on the Internet that is illegal in the jurisdiction they’re doing it from, they can be charged, Saland explained.
Dylan may have entered a legal gray area. She lives in San Diego, but says she will seal the deal at the Bunny Ranch, a legal brothel in Nevada.
“Assuming this woman is violating the laws of her jurisdiction and a man soliciting her is violating a law in his home state, they are both looking for trouble,” Saland said.
Dylan says she has received more than 10,000 responses to her offer since September, when the auction began, the highest coming in at $3.7 million.
Francisco Gonzalez, 26, of Queens, said he has no problem with what Dylan is doing. In fact, he called her a “good businesswoman.”
“She’s just being smart,” Gonzalez said. “Nowadays, kids are giving it up for nothing.”
Emily Ngo contributed to this story.
Giving it up for NOTHING?! How about LOVE???