Cafes with hostesses to help clients surf porn


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  • Saturday, 18 Jan 2003

BY WONG SAI WAN

HONG KONG: About 50 cyber cafes here, run by vice syndicates, are offering hostesses to accompany clients while they surf porn websites in the latest gimmick to promote the sex trade. 

Police, who are monitoring the situation, said the number of such cafes was increasing in the Kowloon areas of Yau Ma Tei and Mongkok. 

“There are currently 19 cafes just in the Yau Ma Tei area – eight of which provide hostesses,” a police statement said.  

The girls, mostly underage, reportedly charge HK$108 (RM53) an hour to accompany the clients while they play games and surf pornographic websites. The girls also offer sexual services for an extra charge.  

South China Morning Post reported that the cafes were operated by prostitution syndicates and were often located in less conspicuous locations, usually on the upper floors of buildings.  

According to Hong Kong Association of Cyber Media chairman Isaac Chan Chi Kit, there were about 150 legal cyber cafes and 50 illegal ones run by the vice rings. 

Meanwhile, a new study has shown that more than one in seven young people here are addicted to the Internet, especially online games. 

Psychologist Andrew Tang, who oversaw the latest research, said there were more than 400,000 online gamers aged from 10 to 29 who spent an average of 10 hours a week playing.  

The study said people with “cyber-addictive tendencies” tended to spend more than four hours a day on the Internet.  

Such addicts sometimes played online games for up to 12 hours a day, said Dr Tang, senior researcher for Christian youth welfare group Breakthrough.  

The poll follows widespread concern over the recent deaths of at least three young cyber-addicts said to be related to computer games. 

Early last Saturday, game enthusiast Ng Man Fai, 28, collapsed and died in a cyber cafe after playing the popular action game Diablo II for more than 12 hours.  

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