Facebook becomes a place to sell sex in Cambodia

Facebook becomes a place to sell sex in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH - In this modern day, people have a high tendency to use Facebook as a means to connect and communicate with friends as well as to post pictures showing off their lifestyles. However, this has evolved into something more shocking as some girls have posted their nude photos on Facebook, which cause many to believe that they are trying to prostitute themselves online.

These young girls are notorious to have used Facebook to negotiate with their customers.

On Facebook nowadays, it is quite noticeable that many young girls are posting sexy pictures of themselves stirring strong reaction from their fellow male Facebook users. These girls have been found to be "prostitutes", most of who are teenagers and try to earn money using the social network. This new way of communication helps both parties to avoid criticism.

Punters could negotiate online with the girl, whose picture interests them the most, before agreeing to meet at a hotel or guest house. Some get disappointed after meeting in person as actual appearance and photos can differ dramatically and sometimes telephone voice can trigger a bad guess, too.

Looking at their profiles on Facebook, it is hard at first to determine who are the decent girls and who are not, but it is not so for some men who used to use service of those prostitutes. Their identities are revealed by a pimp or after some chats on Facebook with them.

A 30-year-old man on the condition of anonymity said that he has become friend with a girl on Facebook because she often posted sexy pictures that caught his attention. Then he got to chat with her every day for many days.

Over a week later, this middle-aged man succeeded in asking her out for a lunch while she dropped a hint that "we can have lunch or hang out together, but if you want to sleep with me, you will have to spend money".

He added that "normally I spend 80 dollars for sleeping with her per time and she also admitted that she prostitutes herself only once in a while when she runs short of money only, not as her profession."

On another occasion, a group of 5 men, while enjoying their course and drinking at a beer garden in Sangkat Tourl Tompoung, showed off sexy pictures of girls they know on Facebook. Shortly after that, one of them told others that "I know a pimp who can find pretty girls as those on Facebook for us".

Then another man, 25, appearing to be from a wealthy family and wearing big bracelets suddenly took off his phone and texted to the pimp. He asked her that "is there any pretty girl to be with me tonight?". The pimp replied with several photos of girls with their respective prices attached for him to choose. Chuckling while looking at the photos, he finally decided to choose a girl with a price of 100 US dollars.

The pimp arranged the hotel for them to meet and told the girl to meet him there.

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