A young student who has never had sex is selling her virginity to raise enough money to be able to study abroad.

Bidders in the online auction can even get two virgins in one night if they also make an offer for the student's best friend.

Ariana, 20, from Russia is auctioning her virginity on an escort website with bids starting at €150,000 (NZ$231,754).

Explaining her controversial decision, Ariana said: "Many students have the issue that during their studies they have to deal with multiple problems. You have to go to work in order to pay for your education.


"I want to move to another country for my studies in medicine. The university will be very expensive, the rent will also be high.

"I imagine that living in another country will be very hard, therefore I want to get the financial burden out of the way so I can focus on my medical studies."

Ariana does not think that offering herself is ethically wrong.

"It is the easiest way to earn money in a short time," she said.

And she admitted that not having found love before now was a key factor in her decision.

She said: "I am also an independent woman and can do just what I want. Believe me, I have thought long and hard to make this decision.

"I have hoped for so long to find my great love, but it did not work out.

"So why should I wait any longer? And why should I lose my virginity to someone who could then break my heart later?"

The young student said that she looked into alternatives. But as her parents are not rich and Russia does not offer grants to study abroad, she says she has no other chance.

Her parents are unaware of her decision, but if they were to find out she will explain the situation to them.

Ariana hopes that the highest bidder is a gentleman who deals sensitively with the situation.

She said that perhaps it will also be a man she would like to see more often after their sexual encounter.

Those who might be interested in bidding on Ariana's virginity might also want to consider her best friend Lolita, who has also offered her virginity online.

The website offers the possibility for people to bid for Lolita's virginity alone or in combination with Ariana's.

It writes: "That means you can bid for 2 virgins in 1 night."

The minimum bid for 21-year-old Lolita is also set at £130,560 (NZ$233,956), but her reasons for offering herself online are currently unknown.