Though the girls themselves deny it, this type of short-term relationship is really only a variation of teenage prostitution, with the distinction that the girls are handing out sexual favors to earn extra shopping money rather than out of desperation.
In an interview with CNN, a 19-year-old former “compensated dater” talks about how she began going on “compensated dates” after seeing the designer clothing and accessories her classmates had bought with money earned on “dates.” Before her so-called “dates,” she established the price she charged and the number of times she would have sex with the man.
“I thought this was easy money, and that’s why I continued doing this kind of thing,” she said.
The reasons why girls in Hong Kong commit themselves to this form of work are many and varied.
Or the 16-year-old girl whose body was chopped up, pieces of which were flushed down a toilet, by a 24-year-old man high on Ecstasy and ketamine in 2009. If a man is paying thousands of dollars, he doesn’t just want to talk or hold hands. Let’s face it, compensated dating is just another form.