Girl for sex on wechat
Loneliness, curiosity, family breakdown and financial pressures are key motivators for young women to try it out, according to support workers on the ground.High-school student Kiki, a pseudonym she chose to protect her identity, started part-time sex work aged 17, saying it was easy to search for men on Instagram by using one of the #ptgf tags."It's like you have a needle piercing your heart and it's always there." - Blurred boundaries - Connecting with clients online often gives young women a false sense of security, says Bowie Lam, executive director of Teen's Key, a charity that offers support to Hong Kong's sex workers under the age of 25.She says the age of "part-time girlfriends" is getting lower and believes that social media is a factor.Sometimes they meet clients without offering sex at first and are taken to theme parks, dinner or even on hikes, but as more money is offered, the path usually leads to paid sex.
"Girls have been treated violently and even raped because they trusted the man wouldn't harm them," Lam told AFP.
By using variations of the hashtag #ptgf as shorthand, they connect with men on networks such as Instagram then switch to direct messaging to offer services and arrange to meet.
Instagram says it has made #ptgf and #hkptgf unsearchable, but a host of new alternatives that add Chinese characters or initials to the original tag circumvent the block.
In this picture taken on April 24, 2018, 24-year-old Nicole, a pseudonym she chose to protect her identity, uses the popular messaging app We Chat on her phone in Hong Kong.
Nicole has a full-time office job, but still does after-hours sex work to pay off her college debts as her family cannot afford to help.