Thousands of Russian girls are selling their virginity online to rich lovers for up to £20,000, a new report has said.
The young women are apparently being recruited by networks of specialist dealers and scouts who link them to wealthy businessmen and ake a slice of fees which can range between a few hundred and tens of thousands of pounds.
On average, each scout will sell around 10 virgins a month, and will take a percentage of each sale.
In other cases females place their own advertisements selling the ‘right to the first night’ on forums and dating websites typically offering themselves to ‘adult, affluent man’.
Another Russian social media forum recruiting young women is called ‘Desperate Virgins’ Club’.
Some women have said they have gone on to buy apartments with the funds raised by the sales, and one says that she is trying to raise money for her mother’s cancer treatment.
She is waiting for an offer of 300,000 roubles – or £3,750, said the report.
A 17-year-old from Krasnoyarsk using the nickname Shatuniha was reported to have sold her virginity in an online auction for around £20,000.
Lena , 18, from Moscow said: ‘Instead of just losing my virginity, it’s better if I make some money from it.’
Those selling their virginity are expected to show a medical certificate confirming they have not had sex.
But many women ‘go through surgery to restore their hymens’ to cash in on the lucrative market, according to the report.
Sergey Chumakov, general director of Lancet Surgery Centre, said: ‘Many have this surgery done several times. I know there were cases when girl had this surgery done 15 times.’
Elena, 22, from Moscow told Bumaga that she sold her ‘virginity’ twice and is not planning to stop.
‘This is now my job and I can live on the money I’m paid for a couple of months,’ she said.
Some of the girls have defended their decision to sell their virginity.
Dasha, 19, said: ‘It’s not prostitution. I want to meet a wealthy man and try to get into a relationship with him.’
Rita, 18, from Rostov said: ‘To start a business, you need capital. You can’t make a lot having a regular job, but here you don’t even need to do anything.’
Dmitry, 38, from Siberia said he had twice ‘bought’ 18 year old virgins aiming to find a wife who had ‘not had someone’.
The first cost £1,250, the second £880, but he failed to find the wife he wanted. The first wanted to pay for her move to a new city.
He said: ‘During sex she tried not to show emotions. I asked her how she felt, and she said it was unpleasant at first and then she started enjoying it.’
Bisexual Anna, 24, a married medical company executive, said she paid between £250 and £500 for virgins behind her husband’s back because girls on dating websites seem ‘vulgar and dirty…it’s better to take someone who wasn’t touched’.
Marina said she sold her virginity to a businessman for £7,000 which she spent on plastic surgery – but now, seven years later, she acts as an ‘manager’ – or agent – linking teenage girls to wealthy clients. Teams of scouts help to recruit suitable girls.