A Romanian teenager who allegedly sold her virginity online has spoken out to claim the story was simply a ‘publicity stunt’ for a notorious sex auction website.
Aleexandra Khefren, 19, made headlines around the world when she announced she was offering herself to the highest bidder in November 2016.
Four months later the teenager garnered further publicity when it emerged a Hong Kong businessman had won the seedy auction with his £2million bid.
But now Aleexandra, an aspiring model from Bucharest, said the entire story was simply a publicity stunt for Germany-based Cinderella Escorts, which boasts about ‘selling’ dozens of virgins to high-profile clients including Hollywood A-listers.
Aleexandra Khefren, 19, made headlines around the world when she announced she was offering herself to the highest bidder in November 2016. She has now revealed it was a lie
The teenager, left on the website and right on This Morning in 2016, said the story was a publicity stunt for Cinderella Escorts, which boasts about ‘selling’ dozens of virgins
Aleexandra also claimed the website used so-called auctions to trick young women into sex work.
Speaking to Joe Roberts at Metro.co.uk, Aleexandra said the ordeal had left her struggling with her mental health.
‘It’s hard for me,’ she said. ‘I went through depression, it was truly hard. I had to have therapy sessions.’
The teenager, who was 18 at the time of the alleged auction, told how Cinderella Escorts contacted her on social media and told her the ‘marketing proposal’ would help boost her modelling career and raise her profile.
The company, founded by Jan Zakobielski, had also allegedly promised her friends and family would not learn about the stunt but instead they courted publicity. Pictured, with her parents
The company, founded by Jan Zakobielski, had also allegedly promised her friends and family would not learn about the stunt but instead they courted publicity.
The teenager gave a number of interviews about the auction, shocking viewers and readers with her indifferent attitude towards the transaction.
At the time of the ‘auction’ she told the The Star: ‘I wanted to sell my virginity with Cinderella Escorts rather than giving it to a future friend who might have left me anyway. And I think many other girls have the same attitude.
The teenager told how the ordeal left her ‘depressed’ and struggling with her mental health
‘How many would possibly forgo their first time in retrospect if they could have 2.3 million euros (£2million) instead?’
Aleexandra claimed she was selling herself to raise money for her family who faced eviction from their home. However it later emerged the family lived a comfortable life in Romania.
She also said the money would be used to fund a college place, with Oxford University a favoured choice.
Mr Zakobielski denied the auction was a publicity stunt. He told Metro.co.uk: ‘Talk about girls who make allegations against us are just not existent. He added: ‘We never in our history have had a single report against us.’
The website owner told MailOnline that he would ‘expose’ Aleexandra’s ‘lies’.