The Nelson Mail 28 September 2007
Nelson teenagers are using the social networking Internet site Bebo to find drug dealers and offer sexual favours in exchange for alcohol and drugs, police say. The Nelson CIB and Youth Aid say the popular site is cropping up again and again in cases involving sex, drugs and bullying. Nelson Youth Aid officer Constable Kathy Pomfrett said that while most teenagers used Bebo safely and like a chatroom, a growing number were using it to trade in sexual favours.Bebo is a website where users can build their own home page, upload photographs and communicate with other members. The information can be easily viewed by the public if privacy conditions are not applied. Miss Pomfrett said teenage girls in Nelson were putting nude photos of themselves on the site and offering a range of sexual favours in return for alcohol and drugs ranging from cannabis to methamphetamine. In doing so, they were putting too much personal information in a shared public space and placing themselves at risk, she said.
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