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HONG KONG (AFP) - For Hong Kong's "part-time girlfriends", social media provides an easy way to connect with clients looking for sex, but campaigners warn that online convenience is tempting girls as young as 13 to put themselves at risk.
The label "part-time girlfriend" is a euphemism often used by young women in the city who may be studying or have jobs, but who also offer sex on the side.
By using variations of the hashtag #ptgf as shorthand, they connect with men on networks such as Instagram and then switch to direct messaging to offer services and arrange to meet.
"For the first few times I felt quite good..I kept looking for clients for company." She admits that she was nervous about meeting strangers, but the financial incentive outweighed her doubts. I was making money for myself and saved it," she said.
Believing they have become friends with a client can lead them to drop their guard.
These young women often do not see themselves as sex workers because they are not based out of seedy rooms, or the bars and clubs of Hong Kong's traditional red light districts, she added.
Sometimes, they meet clients without offering sex at first and are taken to theme parks, dinner or even on hikes, but as more money is offered, the path usually leads to paid sex.
High-school student Kiki, a pseudonym she chose to protect her identity, started part-time sex work aged 17, saying it was easy to search for men on Instagram by using one of the #ptgf tags.
"I had an argument with my sister and was not very happy, so I just wanted to find someone to listen to me," she said.