<html> <head><style type ="text/css">body { font-family: "Bloomberg Prop Unicode I", Verdana, sans-serif; font-size:125%; letter-spacing: -0.3pt; color: #FF9F0F; background-color: #000000; text-align: left; } p {line-height: 1.25em; max-width:900px; width:expression(document.body.clientWidth > 900? "900px": "auto" );} h1, h2, h3 { text-align: left; font-weight: normal; color: #FFFFFF; } h1 { font-size: 130%; } h2 { font-size: 115%; } h3 { font-size: 100%; } #bb-style { font-size: 90%; max-width:900px; width:expression(document.body.clientWidth > 900? "900px": "auto" ); } b, strong { font-weight: bold; } i, em { color: #FEC54A; } pre { font-family: "Andale Mono", "Monaco", "Lucida Console"; letter-spacing: -0.3pt; line-height: 1.25em; } table { border: 0; font-size: 90%; width: 100%; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; } td, tr { text-align: left; } td.numeric { text-align: right; } a:link { color:#53B2F5; text-decoration: none; } a:visited {color:#53B2F5} a:active {color:#53B2F5} a:hover {color:#53B2F5} </style> </head> <body> <p>By Mayara Vilas Boas</p> <p>Brazil has a knack for making international headlines for all the wrong reasons these days.</p> <p>This time, the spotlight is on 18-year-old Rebecca Bernardo, who put her virginity up for sale via a YouTube video that has gone viral.</p> <p>Bernardo says she is willing to be deflowered by the highest bidder, who so far has offered $35,000, <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/02/world/americas/brazil-teen-sells-virginity/index.html?hpt=hp_c3">according to CNN</a>.</p> <p>Bernardo says she's desperate to pay the medical expenses of her mother, who suffered a stroke. "There comes a time when you have to make decisions to get what you want. You have to be strong," she told CNN.</p> <p>Her mother, meanwhile, says she thinks the auction is an awful idea.</p> <p>Bernardo follows 20-year-old Catarina Migliorini, who auctioned her virginity for $780,000 to a Japanese man known as Natsu in October of last year. The auction seemed to be a career move for Migliorini. According to the <a href="http://ego.globo.com/famosos/noticia/2013/01/veja-nova-foto-de-catarina-migliorini-para-playboy.html">Globo website</a>, Migliorini has signed with the Brazilian edition of Playboy magazine to do this month's cover after <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/26/catarina-migliorini-playboy_n_2339665.html">posing for photos</a> for the December issue. Migliorini promised to donate some of the money from the auction to charity, but so far the deal hasn't been consummated.</p> <p>Even if Bernardo doesn't go through with it, she has already won the sympathy vote in Brazil: This is for her ailing mother's benefit, after all. Noble intentions aside, the wages of sin can be astonishingly high.</p> <p>(Mayara Vilas Boas is on the staff of Bloomberg View. <a href="https://twitter.com/mayaravilasboas">Follow</a> her on Twitter.)</p> <p>Read more breaking commentary from Bloomberg View at <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/view/the-ticker/">the Ticker</a>.</p> </body> </html>