In one case, a 19-year-old girl was arrested after a video circulated the Internet of her giving a man oral sex on a city bus to earn US towards a Gucci handbag.
With the spread of internet and cultural interflow, it was soon being prevalent in South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
The term was first report in a Japan Newspaper in September, 1994.
With the addition of sex for pay, the meaning of this activity became unclear.
At first, the definition meant teenage girls dating an older man for money or gifts, so as to “assist? Teenage girls regarded it as a part-time job, and for some of the participants, sex became part of the process.
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Ting met his victim, Wong Ka-mui, 16, through a compensated-dating website.
In such cases, teenagers rarely seek out help until the point where they have lost control of the situation.
Sometimes, victims would only reach out when it’s too late after a “client” starts to blackmail them.“But they overestimate their ability to control the situation.
A survey earlier this year found that teenagers in the fashion-conscious city often got involved in compensated dating to earn money for designer clothes and brand-name products.
Police in the wealthy city of 7 million have arrested several men in recent months for allegedly working as pimps for schoolgirls as young as 13.
Of nearly 600 youngsters aged 12 to 20 questioned in the wealthy city of 7 million, 34 percent said they would consider offering compensated dating, a euphemism for prostitution, as a full-time job.