Prostitution in Japan

Making money... but at what cost?


The convenience of social networking

New technology offering different social networking platforms has made it easier for people to connect with each other. But it has also made it easier for compensated dates to be arranged.

Tuesday, 3 April, 2012, 12:00am

Police tackle compensated dating apps

Police are scrambling to overcome a gap in the law that stops them prosecuting people who use internet forums and smartphone apps to solicit compensated dates.

Compensated dating is a form of prostitution in which the buyer and the seller first go on a date before having sex in return for money or gifts.

5 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

A dangerous lifestyle

Most young people in a survey on 'compensated' or paid dating came from broken families.

The Yang Memorial Methodist Social Service study found only eight of its 57 teenage participants lived with their parents.

Twenty-two had parents who were divorced and 18 had parents who were separated, or had step-parents. Five had a parent living with a partner.

28 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

New attitude urged on paid dating

Police have been unco-operative in helping to connect young girls who had been caught offering 'compensated dating' - a form of prostitution - with social service agencies, a welfare group said yesterday.

27 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Stamp out compensated dating

I am writing after reading the news that the eight people who tricked Web users to work as prostitutes were arrested by police. This story reminded me of the dangers of compensated dating, and how it will ruin lives.

8 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Invaluable virtue

We spend a lot of time worrying about air pollution and the way it damages our bodies. But there's another form of pollution in Hong Kong, which affects the soul - and its principal cause is money. This spiritual pollution causes people to abandon their code of ethics in order to get their hands on the trappings of affluence.

25 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Compensated dating by boys a growing trend

In a posting on's adult forum, a 16-year-old says he 'needs money', so he's 'giving male compensated dating a try'.

The teen, who calls himself Gayman on the website and describes himself as 'okay-looking', names his price as HK$500, without specifying for what.

14 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

liberal studies

Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions

1 According to Ah Yan, why did she go on compensated dates?

a. She could not find a job.

b. She needed money to buy luxury goods.

c. She wanted a place of her own.

d. Her friends talked her into doing it.

17 Nov 2009 - 12:00am


Smiling is good for the health

It's probably difficult to smile when you are sad or in danger. But smiles can defeat anything.

According to surveys, people who greet life with a smile live longer than people who do not. Besides, you'll make everybody around you unhappy if you always have a miserable expression on your face.

28 Aug 2009 - 12:00am


Immoral way to earn money

The number of girls engaged in compensated dating is rising, according to recent reports. Most of them want the money to satisfy their material needs or to pay off debts.

5 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

'More than 100 teens selling sex online'

More than 100 teenage girls are providing sex to men for money in what is known as compensated dating, a police investigator says.

He said the situation was getting worse and that officers had identified at least 15 websites linked to compensated dating, a disguised form of prostitution. 'Ten to 30 advertisements to promote such services are found on each website.'

30 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

15-year-olds caught working as club hostesses

Seven under-age girls - some as young as 15 - were caught working as hostesses at a Yau Ma Tei nightclub in an undercover police raid early yesterday.

7 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

There's no compensation for the suffering, say 'dating girls'

Two young women have spoken out about their experiences in the sordid world of 'compensated dating' - a euphemism for paid companionship and sex - in an effort to stop others being drawn into the same trap.

Maggie, 18, and Baby, 22, who have quit the business, say they went into it for the money but what they earned could never compensate them for the suffering they endured.

3 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Men who pay for sex are main culprits in this sorry tale

It did not surprise me that girls are engaging in 'compensated dating' ('Kiss & sell', February 21) but what did alarm me was the age of the girls involved in this activity ['offering men paid companionship and sex']. What has happened to our society?

28 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Modern attitudes towards sex

TV show Sex Education encourages young people to think over dating and sex-related matters that they may face.

The three episodes targeted at young people, which explore sexual harassment at school, teenage cohabitation and compensated dating, aim to clear some common misconceptions.

29 Nov 2007 - 12:00am