Recently, a 19-year-old girl got onto the Hangzhou Metro holding a signboard which read that she was offering up her virginity to anyone willing to pay her 200,000 yuan. She also said that she had a certificate from the hospital proving her virginity.
The signboard explained that the girl, surnamed Xu from Yunnan province, needed to raise funds for her 23-year-old brother’s leukemia treatment. It goes on to explain that he was diagnosed with the disease three years ago. Fortunately, her bone marrow was a match with his. However, he had experienced a negative reaction to the bone marrow transplant. Now, he was still in serious need of costly treatment, but their family had ran out of money.
The girl attracted quite a bit of attention from fellow commuters, but she also attracted the attention of police. Officers escorted her back to the police station.
There she explained that her brother was currently being treated in a local hospital and she had recently arrived in Hangzhou earlier this month to help him raise money, NetEase reports.
Reporters were able to locate the girl’s brother at the hospital. He looked thin and weak with his body covered in black spots. His doctor confirmed that the man’s body was breaking down — his fingernails were falling off, he could no longer shed any tears and he had developed a number of other diseases.
The patient confirmed that he was the girl’s brother, adding that he also had two other younger sisters.
“I can’t put the cost for this treatment on my medical insurance, I guess she heard that and came to Hangzhou,” he explained. “And now I know how foolish she is.”
The man said that he felt bad for being such a burden to his family. He said he wants to return home so that his sister can get back to studying.
Officers explained to the girl that despite her good intentions what she had done was wrong. She said that she realized that, but didn’t know how else to help.
In China, many family members have faced the same situation. Without enough money to cover their loved one’s high medical costs, they are forced to resort to selling flowers, hugs and blow-up sex dolls to raise some cash.
But this is the first time we’ve seen someone desperate enough to sell their own body.
[Images via NetEase]