New York, Jan 4: A teenage girl from Brazil is selling her virginity to the highest bidder to help cover her mother's medical expenses.
According to reports her mother has pleaded with her not to "prostitute" herself.
Rebeca Bernardo told CNN that so far the highest bid that has been made is of 35,000 dollars, the New York Daily News reported.
She first posted a YouTube video about the stunt in November.
The 18-year-old said that she had been inspired by another Brazilian, 20-year-old Catarina Migliorini, who raised 780,000 dollars by auctioning off her virginity, as she wanted to use the money to build homes for destitutes.
She said that she made up her mind right after her 18th birthday when her mother suffered a stroke.
She said that she had found other jobs, waitressing and selling cosmetics, but they didn't pay enough to cover the expected medical costs.
A local TV station after hearing about her story had offered to pay for the expenses, but the deal fell through after she said that she also wanted money to relocate.
She has not yet specified exactly how much money is needed. (ANI)