Pornography, sexual images and nudity have become rampant on Facebook, with most of the account users being young people, including teens.
They post nude images of themselves or with girlfriends or boyfriends to attract ‘likes’ from the online community. Some even promise that they will keep posting sex clips if they receive 30,000 ‘likes’.
Several days ago, a young man named Manh Tran posted public pictures of himself and his girlfriend wrapped in a bath towel with the caption, “If we get 30k ‘likes’ we will post our clip, OK darling?”
After a couple of days, the image had received over 30,000 ‘likes’.
If you search ‘nguoi lon’ (adult) or ‘lau xanh’ (brothel), hundreds of community pages appear, with numerous sexual pictures and stories.
On the page called ‘truyen nguoi lon’ (adult stories), its administrator confirms that “the page contains an abundance of sex stories which ensure to please the sex-mad.”
In addition, you can find communities or groups with tell-all names, such as ‘gai goi’ (callgirl), and ‘Hoi thich gai chep’ (for guys who like girls for sex). Even the pages of some groups with romantic names such as ‘Ai quan tam ban nhieu nhat’ (Who loves you most) also contain many sexual pictures of girls in bikinis or totally nude.
On the ‘Who loves you most’ page, which has over 725,000 members, a female user named Yen Nhi posted a link called ‘Clip nong sinh vien vao hotel’ (Hot clip of students in hotel). Nhi’s page has 4.5 million members.
Another girl named Quynh Nga posted a story called ‘Experience for virgin men on making love’.
Similar groups and communities have mushroomed on social networks, where a user only needs a few minutes to set up their own page.
Young members may be easily swept away by these pages with sexy pictures. Without being warned by parents, teens may fall victim to sexual predators and other dangers.
Pages with sexy pictures on social network
With internet connectivity booming, parents have just the right way to help their teen sons and daughters avoid falling victim: by taking time and playing with them.
It is ineffective and dangerous to use software to prevent teens from accessing these pages, as they have hands-on knowledge of the internet, admitted Nguyen Tam Trung – an IT lecturer in Ho Chi Minh City.
Trung said he used the software when his son was still young and now his solution is ‘playing with my son’. He helped his son set up a Facebook account and advised him on the nature of sexy websites.
Psychology Master Nguyen Thi Trang Nhung recommends that parents urge their children to join pages for charity, environment and blood donation to ‘divert’ their time from ‘black pages’.
Interestingly, the fight against sexy pages on Facebook has actually been aided by many young members.
Blogger Nguyen Ngoc Long said that posting sexy pictures violates Facebook regulations and any user can ‘report’ the pages and they will then be shut down.
Facebook also acknowledged that such content is unacceptable on the network as it has a policy to promote safety for its users.
Prostitution on Facebook
Police in Hanoi have recently nabbed a young woman suspected of running a prostitution ring via Facebook. This is allegedly the first case of prostitution on Facebook in Vietnam. To attract customers, 20-year-old Do Thi Huyen, the ring’s leader, uploaded sexually explicit images of herself and her “colleagues” on the popular social networking site. According to Tien Phong Newspaper, customers would be given the price after they chose the girls they like and were required to take the girls to a hotel of three stars or more. The girls allegedly charged VND4 million ($200) for sexual services, one million ($50) of which went to Huyen for her advertising services, police said. After watching her operation for one month, police caught Huyen and a “colleague” soliciting themselves at a hotel on Mai Hac De Street, Hai Ba Trung District in early April. A local senior police officer told Tien Phong that prostitutes only get administrative fines for advertising or selling themselves. In this case, they were fined from VND100,000 ($5) to VND300,000 ($15).