Compensated Dating

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Rising trend of compensated dating in secondary schools

Wu Wing-ying (right) says compensated dating is not school-category specific, "Even if a student studies well, her moral and values may not be correct, and will love to make quick bucks for brand names as well"

A survey found that nearly five percent of secondary school respondents said they would involve in enjo-kōsai, of which 2% came from (Band 1) secondary schools. There was a case in which a Band 1 17-years-old secondary school girl, who engaged in enjo-kōsai for fun and quick money, recognized the consequences of enjo-kōsai after contracting a sexually transmitted diseases. The agency responsible for the survey/investigation saw that the values of compensated dating girls had been distorted, instead the agency emphasized that enjo-kōsai was equivalent to prostitution, and that young girls needed to bear the consequences of enjo-kōsai such as contracting sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy and psychological problems.

The Hong Kong Association of Sexuality Educators, Researchers & Therapists Ltd, using questionnaires, interviewed nearly 3000, average age of 15 years old, Form 1. to Form 6 students in May 3000. Survey showed that 4.6 percent of respondents said they would engage in enjo-kōsai, of which 2% came from Band 1 schools, followed by 1.7% from Band 3 schools; and 6.6% secondary school students responded that they knew or they are friends with students currently in enjo-kōsai. The survey also pointed out that, 87% respondents saw enjo-kōsai as a means to earn money for high consumption, such as to buy brand-name items. Second, 43% said they could find affection/being loved in enjo-kōsai, as well as 24% respondents said they engaged in enjo-kōsai for drugs. In addition, 61% of respondents thought enjo-kōsai was immoral; but 45% believed enjo-kōsai was a way of social life that provided different needs, and 38 percent believed enjo-kōsai was the best way to make quick money.

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