Xiaoqing’s father sheds tears while talking with reporters.
A father in Shenzhen was horrified to find out that his 13-year-old daughter had been lured into prostitution after he logged into her instant messaging account and saw a conversation between the girl and her 18-year-old female boss.
The father, surnamed Gong, said he started checking his daughter’s cellphone messages when he became suspicious of her activity in April.
“She became easily irritated, often played hooky and stole money,” said Gong. “Recently, she hasn’t been coming home even when we call her.”
Gong was shocked when he came across these WeChat messages between his daughter, Xiaoqing, and another female named Jin Yiwen on July 31.
“He knows you charged 2,000RMB to sleep with my boss, so I don’t think he would be willing to pay you 3,000RMB (for your service),” Jin wrote.
“How much (should I charge then)?” Xiaoqing answered.
“You can charge 2,000RMB per night,” Jin wrote back.
Using Xiaoqing’s username, Gong arranged to meet with Jin at a hotel. Police followed Gong to the location and apprehended Jin, along with the male ringleader of the operation, at the site.
Gong told reporters that another four to ten girls from his daughter’s middle school had also been lured into prostitution. Some of these victims have since returned home.
“I was bored,” Xiaoqing says.
“The job is easy,” Xiaoqing told reporters. “After handing in some money to my boss, I could earn at least 200RMB one time. Sometimes, I get extra tips.”
Xiaoqing would tell her customers that she was 15 years old, as per Jin’s suggestion, but said that generally, nobody would really ask about her age.
“I [have two clients] per day. It’s pretty good business,” Xiaoqing told reporters.
Further investigation on the case is underway.
By Lucy Liu
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