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ECPAT International, 2006.
Taiwan’s economic growth over the past decades has given rise to a massive spread in the use of the Internet and mobile phones, popular communication channels among children and teenagers, in which supervision from parents can be minimal. Statistics from the Police Department from 1997 to September 2001 showed that an increasing number of children are engaging in prostitution through the Internet. In Taiwan, ‘enjo kosai’ - a Japanese term for compensated ‘companionship’ through dating websites, which generally involves the provision of sex for remuneration - has been practised by both girls and boys, who become victims out of curiosity or to gain quick income.
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