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MySpace. The fuzzy, furry little website with a massive following. The twisted little experiment that became a gigantic cultural phenomenom. I guess it was only a matter of time before all elements of society found there way onto it.
I guess no one is surprised to find that you can find sex online -- sites like Adult Friend Finder and Alt.com have been proving that for years. But now, hooking up from online has taken a new twist -- right into your son or daughter's living room.
I don't know how prevalent this is. I just don't. I'm not George Bush, nor would I want to be. He's too stupid. I don't have the USFG's ability to change the laws and appropriate any data they might want to have, so I can't say.
Here's what I do know, though. If you know where to look or who to look for, you can find legitimate women on MySpace -- in your area, even! -- willing, for the right price, to engage in sexual activities with you. No doubt many of their motives may (or may not) be innocent, but the fact remains -- prostitution is beginning to happen in more places than just the normal ones.
And all this is happening right under Tom's nose. I very seriously doubt he ever had any intention of letting MySpace become the new bordello of the internet, and I think if he knew, he'd probably try and do something about it, although I'm not sure that there is much he can do.
And the worse part is that the vultures that are taking advantage of these women are probably some of the sickest people on the face of the planet. The one girl I know who has gotten to a level in her life that has forced her to it has been taken so far beyond her comfort level sexually that it appalls her just knowing that she has done some of the things she's done, all just to make a couple of bucks.
Perhaps it is just one affect of bringing technology and networking into an age full of socio-pathic, exploitatious and vengeful people. It allows them easier access to people to victimize, and gives them a nearly unlimited supply of fresh prospects.
Is there anything we can do? I don't think so, not without changing some cultural attitudes in some very severe ways. Unfortunately, that's the way it is. At that point, the only thing anybody can really do is try and knock this out at the source -- if no one is willing to be taken advantage of in this manner, than the market for prostitution online will go away. See the law of supply and demand -- if no supply is available, demand will eventually go away.
To anybody who falls under the flag of those victimized by these predators online -- there are people out there that will love you for who you are, and there are people that will help you get what you need without you having to debase yourself in the most gratuitous way possible. You do not need to cheapen your own body to get by -- you just have to find a niche for yourself and get comfortable there. There are plenty of people -- friends and social workers alike -- that will help you, you just need to seek them out.