An Irish teenager has placed an advertisement to sell her virginity in order to pay for her education.
The 16-year-old, former Catholic schoolgirl from Newry, Northern Ireland, posted an advert on Gumtree, alongside details about flat shares and second-hand furniture, reports the Telegraph.
The girl, who is believed to be the youngest so far to sell her virginity, placed her ad under the heading "virginity for sale", and described her body as being "available to the highest bidder".
She also claimed that she needed the money to put herself through art classes and university.
A reporter from Sunday Life, a tabloid newspaper, went undercover to respond to the advert, posing as a wealthy businessman.
He offered the girl 3,000 pounds, which she allegedly accepted before arranging the finer details of the transaction.
The newspaper claims she "barraged" the reporter with a string of text messages, including one where she described herself.
"I'm 17 at the end of the month, but I look way older. I'm tallish, size 14-ish, size 36D breasts, long browny-blonde hair. I actually have three piercings," she texted the man.
"I can basically do this any Saturday. Do you want me all night? What exactly is it you wish to do?
"And by the way, I need cash in hand before the actual sex. I'm not up for getting conned. And probably gonna drink a lot before or I'll be shy, OK?" she added.
The girl sent a photograph of her passport to prove her age and even drove up the bogus offer to 6,000 pounds, after claiming other businessmen had promised 5,000 pounds.
Before they met, the reporter claimed he tried many times to dissuade her, but she decided to go ahead, and their 35-minute conversation was recorded on video.
"I used to get pocket money. It was about 10 pounds a week, but I don't get that any more," she explained after ordering a glass of water.
"I used to have a job in a shop and I'm going for a job interview at another store, but I don't really want that," she stated.
She added that she needed the money to buy supplies for her art course, and also wanted to go to university, and insisted she had decided to trade her virginity for an education.
She tried to organise the rendezvous in a hotel, but added she had to be back home by 11pm, but when the reporter disclosed his identity in a phone call, she claimed the advert had been "a joke".