'Sexting is safe'

'Sexting is safe'

Would you take naked pictures of yourself on your smartphone, then send them to your partner?

Five young women tell The New Paper on Sunday why they do this despite the dangers.

Loosen up. Don't be so conservative, auntie.

That is what the women told me last week.

This is after they showed TNPS the nude selfies that they had sent their boyfriends.

Many of the photos - collectively, there are more than 200 of them - are artistically shot. Most were of themselves topless on their beds or facing a mirror in the bathroom.

In some, you can see that some effort had been put into styling the shots.

Like one where one woman had cut out heart-shaped holes in her T-shirt that exposed her vital parts.

Please, we know what we are doing, insist the women, who are studying for their diploma at an arts institution.

They are open about sharing their nude selfies, or sexting, with their boyfriends.

"It's not a secret at all," says the slim and attractive Hazel Kwong.

And they do this despite the risk of the photos being leaked or used for blackmail.

Two weeks ago, electrical wireman Mani Velmuruga was jailed for 32 months after pleading guilty to nine charges of criminal intimidation. He had tricked 17 women he met online into sending him nude pictures of themselves. He threatened to post the pictures online if they did not have sex with him.

Miss Kwong, 18, claims that she was "at first very shy" about taking her nude photos.

"My boyfriend told me that his best buddy's girlfriend was doing that, and asked me if I'd consider doing the same for him," she says.

That was sometime in July last year and she had been dating Mr Leonard Koh for about six months.

Mr Koh, 19, insists that he was "only joking" and did not expect Miss Kwong to agree.

He says: "I know that she is very shy. So I was just testing the waters when I asked her."

Miss Grace Sim, 18, reckons there is no reason to get uptight over sexting.

She says: "It's not like I share them on Facebook or Instagram, or some public platform.

"I am only sending my photos to the man I love and I don't see what is wrong with that."

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