There is this mobile number making rounds on WhatsApp. One only has to get a message from a contact which reads’ “Save this number to see the profile picture.” Once saved, the atrocity that follows is beyond description. The entire modest of a woman is laid bare before the eyes of any viewer privy to this display picture (DP). There she was, pictured in her hidden parts, angled clearly for absolute view of the female anatomy. The status did not mince words as it made offers of more explicit videos or pictures at a fee, K 2 500 to be exact.
I was sent the number to view the picture and was appalled. What was she thinking? Although without a face to identify her, I am sure the videos or the rest of the pictures offered to her clients are more revealing to keep her in business. I deleted the number, but later, I received the number again. I left it in my contacts for a number of days and to my horror, the display picture changed. From the initial one, came another, then another. What?!!!
Have we taken prostitution to this level? Has the technological advancement developed business ideas to this extent as to offer our bodies to predators at just over K2 000? Has sex gone so cheap as to offer it, virtually, to persons we have no idea how they want to use the videos for the simple love of money?
It’s not in my place to judge, but at the rate this number is going viral, I fear for this woman. Maybe she is not alone and I have seen nude advertorials of women on Facebook, too, offering sex to would-be clients. I would advise these women to take it easy and not entirely trust social media as the forum to ply their trade on. They may be grown up and entitled to their decisions, but it’s all crap. Anybody, including minors may have landed onto this number and God knows what each one of them is doing with the number and the nudity exposed therein.
Wikipedia defines public indecency or indecent exposure as the deliberate exposure in public or in view of the general public by a person of a potion or portions of his or her body in circumstances where the exposure is contrary to local moral or other standards of appropriate behaviour which is punishable by law, with imprisonment terms ranging from five to 14 years.
I say, it is time we stand up against this nonsense rather than simply feast upon them, complain or turn a blind eye. And while the police claim that regulating social media is problematic, let alone bring offenders to books, I believe there is more that the law can do in arresting this atrocity that is fast eating away at our society.
As a business venture, there is a deliberate effort to spread the number around or pictures and that makes it easy to trace and deal with perpetrators. Let us save what little is left of our sanity. n