“Actually, I was a bit scared, but I knew this was the only way I could earn a living.” said Suki, a 19-year-old girl who had been involved in compensated dating three years ago.
Have you ever heard about issue of compensated dating before? What do you think about it? Isn’t it immoral? However, in Hong Kong, the problem of compensated dating among teenagers gives people the creeps. Given by a social group, the figures showing an increasing trend of teenagers involved in this kind of sex trade. Lamentably, the figure had been increased by 6 times within 4 years. Isn’t it too bad to be true? Actually, not only does it arise from an array of causes, it also generates many consequences to the society. In the following, let us first explore the causes to see the heart of the essence. And then we will dig into the issue to disclose the effects with the recounts from the compensated boys and girls.
Fundamental to the problem of compensated dating, the reasons are three folded.
The very first reason pushing teens to the pretty end of compensated dating is peer pressure. Due to the fact that teens at adolescence are less likely to stay with family, they tend to spend more time to hang out with friends. Seeking peer recognition becomes more and more important, teens are under pressure to build a extraordinary image. According to a survey result from the Hong Kong Association of Sexuality, Educators, Researchers and Therapists Limited (HKASERT), despite the fact that 45%of teens consider compensated dating as a normal affair, still, there are 61%of teens treating it as immoral. This general norm among teens associates with the desire of being outstanding will bring teens into the sex trade affairs. Having friends who indulge in compensated dating will be another culprit of leading teens to go astray. According to another survey from HKASERT, 7% of teens said that they know their fellow students indulging in compensated dating. Albeit the...