The ‘prostitute training course’: Leaked video ‘shows Chinese sex workers being taught how to use social media to make more money’
- The two-minute clip was apparently filmed on a prostitute’s mobile phone
- Shows a smart lecturer saying social media is best way to market services
- Says she wants to teach girls something ‘practical’ to make more money
- She says they should stay in touch with rich clients and siphon off ‘losers’
- She also teaches girls importance of good online photos to attract clients
By MATT BLAKE
A video that appears to show a group of Chinese prostitutes on a crash course on how to use the internet to better peddle their services has gone viral online.
The two-minute clip begins with an instructor – dressed in a smart black suit and white shirt – telling the vice girls that social media, such as Chinese Twitter, is not only the best way to market themselves to ‘rich clients’ but also to siphon off ‘losers’.
The leaked video captures the teacher explaining how her course will teach them something ‘practical’ so they can boost their client pool and make more money.
‘All of you want to have more clients – more tips, right?’ the lecturer says on the video. ‘I will teach you how to use social networking media skills to expand your client base.’
The small class of around a dozen girls listen attentively as she goes on to stress that they should maintain contact with higher-level customers and avoid wasting time on ‘diaosi,’ an internet slang word for loser.
While the authenticity of the video or the claims made have not been verified, it has spread fast on several video hosting websites such as Youku, Sohu and YouTube.
It appears to have been recorded by one of the students on her mobile phone and was leaked on the internet in February.
‘I want to teach you guys something practical so we can increase the number of clients we can reach,’ she tells her class.
‘Whether it is Momo or WeChat, or Weibo, they are all very easy to use,’ she adds, referring to three popular social media services in China.
Momo is a smart phone app that lets users communicate with others close by, whom they have not met before. It is sometimes used by people seeking casual sex.
‘You need to maintain emotional communication with clients,’ she says.
Half way through, one of the prostitute demurely asks for a PowerPoint copy of the lecture, to which the teacher replies: ‘Yes, after class.’
She then goes on to teach the class on the importance of having good online photos to attract potential customers.
‘Let’s take a look at this girl,’ she says pointing to an image projected on the wall. ‘Her makeup is great. It makes her look young and vibrant. Her eyes are especially pretty. They showcase a youthful spirit and a sweet smile.
‘The eyes are the window to her soul.’
While prostitution is illegal in China, it is increasing rapidly throughout the country’s expanding urban sprawls.
During the country’s Cultural Revolution in the 60s and 70s, men and women were often segregated and Mao Zedong’s regime launched a harsh crackdown on prostitution.
But now – thanks to China’s rapidly expanding economy and the introduction of Western values in cities and even parts of the rural countryside – things have changed.
Today even the smallest cities have versions of a Red Light district, brothels are tolerated, and travelers often find prostitutes phoning them in their hotel rooms to offer their services.
The sex toy industry is also sharply expanding, with some figures suggesting that China provides products for up to 70 per cent of the global industry.