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The sex trade comes to your doorstep

I have 367 Twitter followers, but in the last day or so, 16 young women who had no history on Twitter (but who were each instantly following 800 or more people) showed up as new followers with the exact same message: “Bored! Add me.” The fact that many of them had the same picture didn’t help the…
By Seth Barnes
twitterI have 367 Twitter followers, but in the last day or so, 16 young women who had no history on Twitter (but who were each instantly following 800 or more people) showed up as new followers with the exact same message: “Bored! Add me.” The fact that many of them had the same picture didn’t help their credibility. It’s the pornography industry finding a new way to tempt guys who thought they were safe just because they have downloaded some kind of screening software on their computer.
 
It’s amazing how easily we men are drawn into the absurd fantasy that beautiful single women are just dying to throw themselves at us. The reality is that some greasy geek, probably sitting in a shady Eastern European back room, is using stock photos, made-up names, and Twitter name-scraping software to mass mail a bunch of slobs with nothing better to do than click on the accompanying links to a porn site.
 
Back in cold war times, spies had a name for this sort of temptation: “The honey trap.” Want to get secrets from an American agent who is loyal to his country? Place one of your own beautiful agents in his path and let her seduce him.
 
It’s an insidious thing. Guys aged 17-25, hormones already raging, don’t stand a chance. Unless they’re in a strict accountability relationship, the odds of them being able to resist are not good. We males are programmed to respond to anything visual. Most guys are probably in some way sexually frustrated, so they are easy targets. In fact, if you get one of these Twitter solicitations, you can see a bunch of the guys I’m talking about by looking at who the “followers” are. They’re either brazen, not caring who sees them, or just plain stupid enough to click the follower button. I saw one who was a Christian youth communicator (I can’t imagine being dumb enough to actually allow one’s name to show up like that).
 
This sort of thing happened about a year ago with Skype. One day women showed up on my Skype wanting to have “conversations” with me. Of course it wasn’t that at all – the reality is that the pimps are always trying to bring the sex trade to your doorstep using the latest technology. The common denominator between Twitter and Skype is that both come unsolicited to you. Unless you have your defenses up in advance, you’ll find yourself contending with the devil for your morality every day you’re on the computer.
 
How to fight it
  1. Both Twitter and Skype let you block addresses, so begin by blocking them.
  2. Go to “Settings,” then at the bottom click on “Protect my tweets” – this will ensure that only those followers whom you allow see your tweets. I’m going to do this for about a week, hoping that the porn spammers leave me alone after that.
  3. Alternatively, go to “Notices” and make sure you don’t get notified of new followers.
  4. Get someone you trust to review your Twitter history.
  5. Have someone hold you accountable by reviewing the history of the cookies on your computer.
  6. This scenario may be more prevalent for men, but it hits women as well – don’t let curiosity suck you in.
  7. Women – fight for your man. Don’t assume that he’s strong enough to handle this issue on his own.

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