Las Vegas (CBS LAS VEGAS) — An American medical student is auctioning off her virginity to the highest bidder, and the top offer has hit $801,000 as bidding closes today at 8 p.m. ET.
(Updated story available: “Medical Student Won’t Fulfill Virginity Auction Terms Following $801,000 Bid”)
Using the alias “Elizabeth Raine” and operating a blog entitled, “Musings of a Virgin Whore,” the 28-year-old self-proclaimed virgin said she is willing to submit to a medical examination or polygraph as proof to the winning bidder, which will be determined when bidding concludes today, May 7. CBS Las Vegas previously reported that the offer stood at $550,000 but Raine’s website says that “large volumes of interest” have since been attracted to the website in addition to the quarter-of-a-million dollar bid increase.
The blonde “Med School Virgin” writes that she has attended “excellent private schools,” has a bachelor’s degree and is currently a student in a combined MD/PhD program at a “leading university.” The auction website “About Me” section says that she was born in the U.S. but spent much of her time growing up abroad.
She writes on her blog that she is not using the auction “to earn status, money, or feed my own ego.” However, she does note that she obviously wants the financial benefit.
Her height is listed as 5-foot-10 and her weight as 130 pounds, with blonde hair and green eyes.
“I approach people with warmth and curiosity, and I am careful not to overlook anyone. I have found the most complex and wonderful individuals are rarely the most obvious ones,” reads one of her self-described details.
“I hate to plan life, and instead embrace its mysteries and twists, in addition to its breathtaking moments,” she describes, although she said she has been planning the auction for one-year and is “more educated about prostitution, virginity and slut-shaming.”
Nevada is currently the only state in the U.S. where prostitution is legal. She will reportedly engage in the sexual intercourse in Australia as a way of circumventing American prostitution laws.
In the course of a self-interview posted to the website, Raine says she does not care about being labeled a prostitute by some, and she describes that while she does not advocate prostitution she supports the “decriminalization and destigmatization” of the world’s oldest profession.
She quotes late comedian George Carlin’s thoughts on prostitution: “Why should it be illegal to sell something that is perfectly legal to give away?”
She says she has no “moral objection” to the auction, and says she operates from her own moral code “founded on a world of education and human emotion.” She writes that her virginity “has never been anything less than a source of personal freedom and power, even prior to placing it up for auction.”
She has promised to donate 35 percent of the auction proceeds to a charity “that brings education to women in developing countries.” She adds that she is not making such a gesture due to guilt, but instead because she doesn’t need all the money.
Writing on her blog, she says she will not release “the single smallest detail” about the highest bidder for her virginity, and that she is intrigued by the “mysterious” adventure awaiting her, and she noted to critics that she will surely be “more enlightened in one particular area” of her life.
According to her bidding rules, each bidder must come forward with a non-refundable sum of $100 through a PayPal account. If notified as the winner on May 7, that bidder is to wire-transfer the amount into a trust fund designated by “the Virgin” within 24 hours after the meeting, “provided that the Successful Bidder and the Virgin have had Sexual Intercourse,” reads the website.
Bidders from Serbia, Japan, Australia, the UK and the U.S. have already placed successive bids of more than $100,000 each since Apr. 1.