Twitter-organized sex parties hit the U.K.
Several sex workers are using Twitter to drum up business for orgies in the U.K.
Here's how it all goes down:
Organizers brazenly advertise the events in the community, providing basic details and getting potential attendees to submit more information before they can find out the parties’ exact location.
One account caught the attention of the Brentwood Gazette, which investigated how Twitter brought men to a hotel in the English town of Brentwood for a sex party.
The person who runs @essexbukkakee (NSFW), the account seemingly at the heart of the probe, notes the time, town, and prices for the parties on Twitter, advertising them as openly as you might discuss your evening's TV viewing.
A pair of such parties took place last Friday. Those looking to attend had to submit their phone number through an adult site, and receive a text message as confirmation.
On Friday morning, a reporter from the paper was given the location of the hotel and instructed to show up 15 minutes early. Men waited both outside the hotel and across the parking lot from it while awaiting confirmation of the room number for the second event, in which seven men participated.
From the Gazette:
After sending a confirmation, a text message was received on the morning of the party reading:
"Venue for tonight is the Holiday Inn Brentwood CM14 5NF. Arrive 15 mins before the start (GB 17.30 Buk 19.30). Text me u have arrived and wait patiently. I will text the room no when we are ready. Don't disclose the number to anyone. Thanks."
Men waited outside the hotel, and at the far end of the car park, at 7.15pm until receiving the second text message:
"Ok Room 118. Through the door turn immediate right. Don't go past reception."
Seven men ranging from their early 30s to early 60s took part in the second event.
A man in the room took payment and recorded the party on a mobile phone, assuring the men he would not snap their faces.
Later, a number of explicit photos, ostensibly taken at the adult shindig, were posted to the Twitter account, presumably both as a way of proving it took place and hyping the next one. Twitter officially bans porn photos from profile photos, headers, and backgrounds. It doesn't monitor images shared in tweets (photos likely to contain sensitive content might be marked as such), but content prohibited by law isn't allowed. That said, the profile photo of this account is a pornographic image.
That account has retweeted and mentioned several others who are using Twitter to entice others to pony up and come to the sex parties they're advertising. The practice seems to occur in a number of U.K. regions.
The U.K. government wants Internet providers in the country to install filters to block porn for Web users by default. With the slew of explicit images on Twitter, we have to wonder exactly how those filters will block out those photos without disrupting the overall Twitter flow of information.
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