Russia’s seedy ‘virginity trade’
THOUSANDS of young girls and women in Russia are selling their virginity after finding rich men online who are willing to pay big bucks.
Networks of specialist dealers and scouts actively recruit virgins and link them to wealthy businessmen, taking a slice of fees.
In other cases girls place their own advertisements selling the "right to the first night" on forums and dating websites, promoting themselves to "adult, affluent man".
Russian social media forums with names like "Bad Girl's Club" and "Desperate Virgin's Club" try to attract young women who match what their male clients want - offering sky-high prices.
One post on "Bad Girl's Club" says: "Looking for virgin girls under 19 …. Smart, beautiful, charming, from any cities in Russia. We pay tickets to Moscow and back, 1-2 days …. Type of girls, as on the photo" - which shows a girl in lingerie in a revealing pose on a bed.
A 19-year-old girl from Moscow naming herself Milana Mercer stated in a typical online advertisement: "Selling virginity, please send me a private message. I am from Moscow."
Another advertisement claims to be from a girl aged just 17-years-old who is selling her virginity.
One post boasts: "Marina sold her virginity for 1.5 million roubles (around $34,000), and bought a great apartment."
But for some women, they are taking the drastic step out of desperate circumstances.
A 20-year-old called Anastasia from the industrial city Magnitogorsk told Bumaga lifestyle website she is currently offering to sell her virginity to help pay for cancer treatment for her mother.
She is waiting for an offer of 300,000 roubles - or $6642.
Lena, 18, from Moscow said: "Instead of just losing my virginity, it's better if I make some money from it."
A woman who seven years ago sold her own virginity for $12,000 to pay for plastic surgery, now works as a manager for other girls in the same position she was once in.
Teams of scouts help to recruit suitable girls.
The report said: "On average girls are paid 200,000-300,000 rouble ($4400 to $6640).
"Payment depends on age and appearance.
"The perfect type is 17 to 18 years old, short, very cute and modest.
"On average every manager sells up to 10 virgins a month, warning around 300,000 rouble ($6640) a month."
Some 20 to 50 per cent is added to the price as the agent's fee.
Those selling their virginity are expected to show a medical certificate confirming they have not had sex.
And the prospect of earning a lucrative sum reportedly lures many girls to sign up.
In 2016 model Anna Feshchenko, 17, flew to Dubai aiming to sell her virginity for $17,000 to a wealthy Arab man, according to her travelling companion.
Anna's mother contacted police and the teenager returned from the United Arab Emirates.
She did not comment on whether she had in the end sold her virginity.
Her friend called Ekaterina said: "It is a privilege in the UAE to be a virgin.
"I think Anna was just impressed with the amount of money she could get."
In a recent case, a mother was detained for seeking to sell her 13-year old daughter's virginity to a businessman.
Irina Gladkikh, 35, an estate agent, travelled to Moscow from Chelyabinsk with the underage girl in order to sell her "first night" to a "rich client" for $33,830.
In a video confession she said: "We came to Moscow to get to know a rich man, in order to get financial help for providing sexual services by my daughter."