Compensated dating service hong kong
He warned that compensated dating could be dangerous, citing the example of 16-year-old Wong Ka-mui, who was murdered in 2008 by her boyfriend-for-a-day.Sandy was merely curious when she wrote her first post on the online dating forum.Compensated dating is a form of prostitution in which the buyer and the seller first go on a date before having sex in return for money or gifts.There is no specific law against seeking these dates online, so police have tried to prosecute people by using Section 147 of the Crimes Ordinance, which states that it is a crime to solicit for an immoral purpose in a 'public place'.However, the law does not expressly state whether a 'public place' also covers internet forums and smartphone apps - the new front line of the sex trade, making arrest and convictions for compensated dating difficult.Superintendent Brian Lowcock of the Kowloon West regional crime unit said that once arrested, young women on the dates normally denied they provided sexual services.
There is no shortage of men willing to pay for companionship and sex, and business is booming – one recently-busted ring had over 100,000 members.
It has been a year since the police set up a team to combat compensated dating and in that time 28 people have been arrested in 25 cases.
Most were sentenced to four to 16 months, some only to community service.
Lowcock said it was important to clarify whether internet forums were public places under the law because it would help police pursue those seeking sex services and those offering them online.
He also said it would be helpful if there were a legal precedent in Hong Kong.
Police have also mounted an operation online to keep an eye on internet forums and smartphone apps that seem to be a front for this area of the sex trade.