A 14-year-old student was found by school administrators to be working as a male escort after classes, a case that could mark the beginning of a worrying new trend among the teenagers, Apple Daily reports.
According to Police Sergeant Chan Tat-yee, a school liaison police officer, being a part-time escort is no longer limited to female students, as a growing number of boys are taking the route for quick cash.
Chan said the school found that the secondary two student was working as a male escort after classes after noticing he could afford the latest smartphone model and other luxury items.
School officials also learned that, largely due to the boy’s influence, many of his schoolmates were also attempting to enter the trade.
The boy told a school liaison police officer that he was referred to the job by a friend. He then posted his personal information on an online discussion board to meet clients.
So far, the boy said, he had only met two male customers. He said the job only involved accompanying clients to dinners or holding hands with them, but did not involve sex.
He declined to reveal how much he earned for each service.
The boy has reportedly quit the job with the help of a school liaison police officer.
Chan said he would usually explain the risks faced by an escort with news videos and newspaper clippings.
“I would show them the news report of the murder-dismemberment case of a student escort in 2008, as well as the rape-murder case of another student escort in 2013,” Chan said.
“I wanted to use real-life examples to show them the risks and threats involved and instill in them the proper values.”
Fellow police officer Yeung Pui-shan said many students plunged into the job thinking only of the rewards but not the risks.
“Many have run away from home and ended up contracting sexually transmitted diseases,” Yeung added.
She also warned that these students could end up living in juvenile homes if the court deems their parents incapable of looking after them.
Superintendent Connie Yau Sin-man of the Police Public Relations Branch said the police force is expanding its team of school liaison officers to 125 this year, up by 21 from last year.
The increase in manpower will mean more visits to schools and more training sessions for officers in the areas of teen psychology, behavior and online social media.
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