Hong Kong ‘part-time girlfriend’ sex services end for 10 women arrested in undercover operation

All Hongkongers, they were understood to have included a Form Six pupil, two university graduates, a private tutor and a clerical worker

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 22 June, 2017, 8:14pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 22 June, 2017, 8:52pm

A secondary school pupil and two university graduates were among 10 Hong Kong women arrested in an undercover police operation after they were accused of placing online advertisements as “part-time girlfriends” to offer sex services, police said on Thursday.

The phenomenon of “part-time girlfriends”, also known as PTGF – which some have made into a new form of prostitution in the city – has grown popular locally after a crackdown in recent years on compensated dating, police said.

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In the past, women engaged in “part-time girlfriend” services left posts on Facebook and Instagram to find men who were willing to pay them hundreds of dollars for casual dating, such as having dinner or watching movies, according to InspectorChan Wing of the Mong Kok special duties squad.

“Recently, some were found placing their photographs in sexy posts along with their rates as they advertised sex services,” she said.

Chan explained that customers who responded to the online posts were contacted by mobile phone text messaging and asked to meet in a public place, such as an MTR station or outside fast-food outlets, before being taken to a hotel for sex.

It was understood clients were charged between HK$1,200 and HK$4,000 for sex.

Some were found placing their photographs in sexy posts along with their rates
Chan Wing, police inspector

The Mong Kok squad began investigating the phenomenon about two months ago as police saw that online sex service advertisements in social media platforms had proliferated.

Chan said about 30 such posts were found on the internet when officers carried out a cyber patrol and that undercover officers were deployed to collect evidence.

After a two-month investigation, police arrested 10 women aged between 20 and 40 when they showed up at meet-ups with undercover officers in Mong Kok and Yau Ma Tei on Saturday.

The 10 Hongkongers were understood to have included a Form Six pupil, two university graduates, a private tutor and a clerical worker.

Chan said there was no evidence showing the women had been part of a sex racket.

She believed a “temptation” to make fast cash was the main reason they became involved in the activities.

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The women were arrested on suspicion of soliciting for an immoral purpose, an offence that carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a HK$10,000 fine, the inspector said.

They were released on bail pending further investigation, and none had been charged.

Police said their investigation was ongoing.