US law enforcing authorities are pleading helpless in the case of a 22-year-old who is selling her virginity online. The top bid is $3.7 million, at the moment.
Natalie Dylan, a made-up name for a real 22-year-old California college grad. has advertised on the website of The Moonlite BunnyRanch, a licensed brothel, saying:
Natalie Dylan is a college girl from Sacramento CA.. Not only does she have a degree in Women's Studies, she is looking to raise money to continue her education and get her master's degree in Psychology so she can practice Family Psychology.
She comes to us here at the bunny ranch with a very special gift, Natalie is a virgin and would like to sell this priceless and rare commodity in a very exclusive and private setting.
One time only she will appear at the bunny ranch and give up her virginity to the highest bidder.
Natalie wants her first time to be a combination of a great time with a good connection and a financial agreement she is happy with."
Now since prostitution is legal in Nevada where the BunnyRanch is situated, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) shrugs its shoulders over the Dylan episode.
"Being that prostitution is legal in the area that she's listing from, and she's over 18 and it's consensual, I would defer it to local police authorities," said David Staretz, a spokesman for the FBI's Las Vegas field office.
The Postal Inspection Service, which monitors the Internet for some illegal transactions, is "currently unaware of any specific fed prohibition against this activity," said spokesman Al Weissman.
The office of the U.S. attorney in Nevada said that it has prosecuted over 200 cases in the last six years involving the solicitation of minors online, but it had never worked on a case like this involving adults.
But some civil society groups are concerned. "It does seem crazy," said Mathew Staver, director of the Liberty Center for Law and Policy. "The rest of the country has an interest in stopping that kind of activity from spreading from Nevada to their home state."
Staver said because the bidding was being conducted online, federal law could be applied to stop the auction from going through.
"Nevada has been out of step with the rest of the country for many years with regards to prostitution, and that's why I think it's important for federal prosecutors to look into this, so that Nevada does not dictate the morals and moral decency for the rest of the nation," Staver told FOXNews.com.
Some legal experts say that Bunny Ranch are well within their rights to make the sale.
"It's a First Amendment issue. You can advertise goods or services that are illegal where they're advertised but legal where they're performed," said Marc Randazza, an attorney specializing in first amendment law. "What's she's advertising is as legal as toast with the crust cut off where she is."
Randazza said some prosecutors might be eager to jump on the case, but that this "commercial speech" is protected.
"If this is legal where it's being advertised" in Nevada "the government can't say you can't advertise it here," he told FOXNews.com.
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