Between July 2015 and February 2017, police arrested 22 men involved in compensated dating, for crimes ranging from “procurement of persons under 16 for making pornography” to “living on earnings of prostitution.” The force maintains a cyber monitoring programme and is also trying to combat compensated dating through seminars for parents, teachers, and students.Chief Inspector Lee added that the key point of these seminars was to emphasise “the pitfalls of compensated dating”.
These posts are viewed with horrified awe by the students of the university she attended, to whom she has become something of an urban legend.
But she still hopes to use these accounts to bring something new to activism.
Now her Facebook page – captioned “Be a slut and do whatever you want” – has over 9,000 followers, and she has been featured in several Chinese-language news outlets.
However, she still makes an effort to hide her real name, saying that previous news reports have resulted in a barrage of cyber-bullying.
This law seems reasonable – preventing pimps from operating – until you consider its implications.
For instance, Sandy says that girls can sometimes get into physically violent situations because they are unable to hire a bodyguard to protect them.This training is one of the services Zi Teng provides, alongside medical and legal help.The organisation teaches girls how to monitor sexual transactions and be aware of occupational risk.Many of the girls were “forced to perform sexual favours they didn’t want to, were raped or more,” she was quoted as saying.Despite its popularity (or because of it), part-time sex work like compensated dating is thought to be riddled with exploitation.Meanwhile, Sandy – who has been doing compensated dating since August last year – is both cheery and completely unabashed about it.