Girls who go on compensated dates are finding their clients in new and more obscure ways, such as through online game chat rooms. And to avoid attention from police and the media - with their blatant advertisements on internet forums gradually being driven out - they are also seeking new clients among the friends of existing clients. These are the findings of a survey conducted since June by the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong and prostitutes concern group Zi Teng to find out the latest developments in the shady world of compensated dating, which involves girls being paid to go on dates that often involve sex. About 20 girls were involved in the survey and two-thirds said they took part in compensated dating because they had run into serious financial trouble because, for example, their parents did not give them money. A third said they did it to satisfy materialistic desires, such as wanting to buy luxury-brand products. DAB lawmaker Starry Lee Wai-king called on society to help such girls get back on the right track. Although all the girls surveyed had suffered injuries of different severity from their activities, only one had contacted the police; the rest were afraid of getting arrested when they were discovered to be involved in compensated dating, the survey found. Their fear of arrest resulted in their clients continually taking advantage of them, it said. Lee said after discussions with police that officers did not want to track down compensated dating girls to arrest them, but because they wanted to help them, for example by providing counselling services. 'It has been found that compensated dating now is more common among young people, and that it's going underground,' she said. The phenomenon had become more widespread and more young people were aware of it as an avenue to make quick money because of media coverage of the issue, she said. By seeking out new clients through the chat rooms of online games or through existing clients, they avoided the risk of being caught by undercover police or journalists. Tom Tse Kei-leung, leader of the CARE Project, a social work organisation committed to tackling the issue, urged young people involved in the business to seek help from his group.