The sex trade has been a beneficiary of the information technology explosion as vice services have been able to go global. Perhaps the most sinister aspect of this is the way in which new forms of contact have become available to paedophiles. The case of a Hong Kong boy, traumatised after being lured to a meeting with a pervert should put all parents on alert about what can happen when children surf the Internet. The 'chat rooms' where messages are exchanged and friendships formed via the web provide a convenient cover for adults with very particular motives. Many youngsters who are computer literate have working parents, and spend hours alone or unsupervised at home. It is a situation ripe for exploitation by paedophiles. Unless parents recognise the danger, and keep a close watch on the Internet activities of their family, there could be more cases of children being abused by strangers, or drawn into vice rings. Governments are trying to stamp out this horrific activity. Britain has a memorandum of agreement with the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia to have offenders extradited and charged at home. Paedophiles have been sent from South Africa and Sri Lanka to face criminal charges in Switzerland and Australia. Hong Kong should tighten its child pornography laws in line with countries where possession is an offence. Here only publishers and distributors are liable, so the trade thrives. It is by spreading this vile material and exploiting any available means of luring in young victims that these groups grow.