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'Virgins Wanted' director could be charged with sex trafficking

Brazil's attorney general has ordered an "urgent" investigation into the documentary "Virgins Wanted," claiming it amounted to "people trafficking."

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This photo illustration shows a man (L) looking at the 'Virgins Wanted' website in Sydney on October 25, 2012. Brazilian student Catarina Migliorini (C) and Sydney student Alex Stepanov (R) sold their viginity in an online auction as part of a documentary organised by Australian filmmaker Jason Sisely. (AFP/Getty/AFP/Getty Images)

SÃO PAULO, Brazil – Brazil's attorney general has ordered an "urgent" investigation into the documentary "Virgins Wanted," claiming it amounted to "people trafficking."

In a letter to Brazil's foreign minister, Attorney General João Pedro de Saboia Bandeira de Mello Filho said the film's director, Australian Justin Sisely – also cited as Jason Sisely – should be stopped from "executing the crime," reported the Daily Mail.

According to The Australian, 20-year-old Brazilian physical education student Catarina Migliorini auctioned off her virginity for the documentary and, after 15 bids, was sold to a Japanese man known only as Natsu for $780,000. Migliorini will be "delivered" to her buyer on board a plane between Australia and the US, and will be interviewed before and after the act is consummated. 

The plane was apparently chosen for Migliorini's first time in order to avoid prostitution laws, reported the Telegraph.

Saboia called on authorities in Australia, where Migliorini now lives, to revoke her visa and deport her back to Brazil for "the exercise of prostitution," according to the Daily Mail. He also said: "In principal this looks to me like the crime of people trafficking, whose repression is provided for in international treaties."

Migliorini has talked of using the money she will receive to build homes for poverty-stricken families in her community, reported The Australian. But she won't earn the full amount Natsu put down for her virginity. The 20-year-old will receive $20,000 and 90 percent of the winning big for taking part in the film.

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"I saw this as a business," she said. "If you only do it once in your life then you are not a prostitute, just like if you take one amazing photograph it does not automatically make you a photographer."

Male virgin Alex, 21, from Sydney, was also auctioned for the documentary. His virginity sold for $3000 to a Brazilian woman known as Nene B.

Sisely began his controversial project in 2009, causing outrage when he posted "Virgins Wanted" posters around Sydney and Melbourne, according to The Australian. He was forced to conduct the auction outside of Australia to avoid prostitution charges.

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