"When a court looks at sentencing, the greater the age difference, the more serious it (the sentence) is." Why do young girls get involved in compensated dating?
The reasons vary from an unstable home life to a desire for material goods, Chiu said.
Sze wanted the same for herself, so her classmates introduced her to Internet chat forums where she met male customers. Last year, a 16-year-old Hong Kong girl was killed in a gruesome murder after she went to a 24-year-old man's apartment for a compensated date.
The girls -- even though they post their details on the Internet -- they think they can quit.
Even if they encounter the guys, if he is not good-looking, she can quit and say 'I don't do it.' They think they have a lot of power to control whether they do it or not, so they think of it very differently from prostitution." Chiu, the social worker, is currently working with about 20 girls who are trying to leave the world of compensated dating.
It just wasn't worth it." Sze now works at a hair salon to earn a living.
She has tried to talk her old friends out of compensated dating, but they are not listening, she said. Maybe they have more serious family problems or some other burdens.
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She would set ground rules with clients on the phone first.
She charged them 0 for a date and clarified how many times she would have sex with them. I just thought I could always quit after a short time or whenever I wanted," Sze said.
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She said sometimes the customers would stray from the rules, asking for more sex or refusing to wear a condom. I kept asking myself why I had to do this kind of thing to make money. Most girls who engage in compensated dating don't view themselves as prostitutes, said social worker Chiu Tak-Choi.