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.
The ease of the system has girls in Hong Kong turning to compensated dating as a source of extra income; the authorities now see it as a serious problem.
A solid chunk of her income comes from this side job – in the past nine months, she has made at least HK,000 from compensated dating.
But women who work in the industry view it differently: for them, it’s often synonymous with confidence, empowerment, and easy cash.
‘Sex Work Is Work’ The notoriety of sex work is something that has both emotional and legal consequences for workers in the industry.
Sandy was merely curious when she wrote her first post on the online dating forum.
Sex work was the forbidden fruit – enticing, kinky, definitely taboo.