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Author Topic: Facebook The unacceptable form of advertising for prostitutes?  (Read 1372 times)

Offline oconnor

Given the amount of web space prostitutes have at their disposal to advertise, does anyone think it is wrong for them to use facebook for this purpose?  Isn't this crossing a line - taking the advertising where children can read?

Offline ladyofthemansion

I dont see how a prozzie can possibly advertise without kids seeing it and though they would have to look up her name to find pics it could still potentially happen. Its not as if she could put the privacy on or she wouldn't be found. And how would blokes find her anyway???

Offline Lucy chambers

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I think that Facebook is possibly a waste of time for escort advertising. Target markets and all that. I would also imagine that the chances for error are huge, what with shared friends being able to see your likes and other friends etc. Could be difficult to explain to your boss why you like Jezebel of Hendons new pics so much.

However it is the internet, and children shouldn't be allowed near social networking sites. That is down to the parent not the purveyor.
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Offline oconnor

The way I see it, there are some prostitutes who make out they are trying to help get the industry become more of an accepted form of leisure activity by the public, while on the other hand they see no wrong in using a public site to advertise.  Smacks of double standards and blatant disregard for children to say nothing of the free advertising.  Don't they make enough money?  Why step over into civvy street?


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  Smacks of double standards and blatant disregard for children to say nothing of the free advertising.  Don't they make enough money?  Why step over into civvy street?

Because for many prostitiutes they are used to getting things for free, be it condoms, place to live, benefits, Advertising (AW etc) and as most don't pay tax paying out any money does not come off as a business expense to reduce tax, it is simply straight out of their pocket.

Online Marmalade

Given the amount of web space prostitutes have at their disposal to advertise, does anyone think it is wrong for them to use facebook for this purpose?  Isn't this crossing a line - taking the advertising where children can read?
Just wondering, have you seen any examples or is the question purely hypothetical?

Online Marmalade

There was this story . . .

http://m.current.com/technology/92961564_survey-83-of-prostitutes-use-facebook-pages-to-attract-customers.htm

Come to think of it, is UKP registered or in some other way visible to the likes of Net Nanny so parents can at least try to block access?

Offline Lucy chambers

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There was this story . . .

http://m.current.com/technology/92961564_survey-83-of-prostitutes-use-facebook-pages-to-attract-customers.htm

Come to think of it, is UKP registered or in some other way visible to the likes of Net Nanny so parents can at least try to block access?

I would imagine the age restriction page would be visible to Net Nanny, CyberPatrol et al, therefore blocking the site.

Offline Strawberry

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Children can read any website they wish if their parents don't use protective software. I remember someone contacting me once who obviously wanted a 'chat', who then said he was only 13. Could have been a load of rubbish of course.

The number of guys, usually newbies asking me to add them on facebook because they thought it would be useful to chat has been pretty high. So I did set up a trial profile with the minimum info possible, just to see how interesting it could get...

I don't think most newbies actually think about the consequences of FB.

Online Marmalade

I imagine a reasonable proportion of 13yr old lads are sufficiently enterprising and more web-savvy than their parents. Downloading or otherwise accessing a browser not supported by the nanny software is probably a first step.

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I imagine a reasonable proportion of 13yr old lads are sufficiently enterprising and more web-savvy than their parents. Downloading or otherwise accessing a browser not supported by the nanny software is probably a first step.

This is my take on net whatever it's called. If children want to find something naughty then they will do. You can make it more difficult for them but simple disclaimers do not work. Many ladies report an increase in crank emails and texts during the half-term week. Now why would that be then?I suppose it can't be all the teachers now can it?Ringing sex chat lines is another one and children often would find ways around systems that blocked certain calls. You can't wrap them up in cotton wool.

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This is my take on net whatever it's called. If children want to find something naughty then they will do. You can make it more difficult for them but simple disclaimers do not work. Many ladies report an increase in crank emails and texts during the half-term week. Now why would that be then?I suppose it can't be all the teachers now can it?Ringing sex chat lines is another one and children often would find ways around systems that blocked certain calls. You can't wrap them up in cotton wool.

Good post. I can censor to a degree what my 16 year old watches while in my supervision, however when he goes out he can easily gain access to the web through his friends phones and computers. I spoke to one of his friends parents once about this, she couldnt of cared less. As you say you cant wrap them up in cotton wool.

Offline SteveNova

Facebook allows anyone who is 13 or over to have an account and it does not allow "content that is hateful, threatening, defamatory, or pornographic; incites violence; or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence".  So I guess it would depend what the escort says and what images she puts on her page, as to whether FB would take any action about her account.

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Facebook allows anyone who is 13 or over to have an account and it does not allow "content that is hateful, threatening, defamatory, or pornographic; incites violence; or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence".  So I guess it would depend what the escort says and what images she puts on her page, as to whether FB would take any action about her account.

I think the point is not if you are allowed to advertise but if you should, there are many times in life that we have the right to do things but choose not to as we believe it to be morally wrong. The main problem is that the internet is a very hard place to control and therefore adult users should try and act responsibly when using it, especially when they are in the adult business.

And, as above, inquisitive children will find ways round whatever parents / adults do to try and stop them, especially if the parent is not computer savvy.

Problems to come......

If we do not advertise adult services in a responsible manner it could lead to internet service providers being forced to block all adult sites like they did with dirty phone lines, making consumers opt in. Not many did.

What will feel about that? It is already trying to be pushed through, but if we are deemed to be irresponsible in how we advertise, it could be us making it happen sooner.

Sarah x x

Offline SteveNova

The 'opt in' suggestion originated from a west country MP and gathered some national momentum - although I gather Mumsnet has now withdrawn their support following (unexpected) protests from their members about the dangers of government censorship.  I don't think the proposal will happen, as described in the press, mainly because it will be technically difficult and expensive for ISPs.  I suspect ISPs instead will be forced to make parental controls more accessible and user friendly.  I would agree that an opt-in system when ordering broadband could reduce demand for adult services, as many guys would not want to be seen to have enabled this on the family computer.  Having said that, there are millions of adult sites and I'm not sure that all escort sites and forums would be 'on the radar' for such a blocking list.  Personally I think the proposal treats adults like children and is one more example of the state trying to achieve what parents should be achieving - i.e. keeping their kids safe.

In relation to Facebook I meant that whether escorts should 'advertise' depends what they are placing on line. Facebook doesn't allow text or images that would normally be allowed on adult sites or escorts' own sites - so in a sense I'm not sure what they would be putting on their FB page.  If it just said 'escort' and had innocuous details about her - well kids do know WGs exist.  Escorts feature in pre-watershed soaps now !  :)

Offline ladyofthemansion

I think that Facebook is possibly a waste of time for escort advertising. Target markets and all that. I would also imagine that the chances for error are huge, what with shared friends being able to see your likes and other friends etc. Could be difficult to explain to your boss why you like Jezebel of Hendons new pics so much.

However it is the internet, and children shouldn't be allowed near social networking sites. That is down to the parent not the purveyor.

A guy could get a 2nd account. Would be thick if he didn't.

Offline Lucy chambers

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A guy could get a 2nd account. Would be thick if he didn't.

Lottie, we are talking about clients...:)

I have several emails sent from work servers. I also have emails from people who sign their full name at the end of them. I of course am trustworthy, but some are not.


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