Did you know, there is a world to Instagram beyond stories, influencers and stalking your ex? Thanks to a detailed report by The Economic Times, a story uncovering how sex is being sold online has been revealed. #Paytmgirl is a hashtag that will direct you to profiles of women offering sexual favors in return for money. These sexual favors include demos, sexting, video calls, bathing videos and phone calls that start at a mere 70 rupees.
According to the report by Economic Times, there are 14,000 posts on Instagram with either #paytmgirls (2,400 posts) or #paytmgirl (11,700) on Instagram. Since the report has come, though, the social networking site has taken down a large number of such profiles. The profiles typically feature pictures of girls that are naked or suggestive. The Instagram stories and posts put up by these accounts have the offer rates of the girls. The medium for transferring the money is restricted to PayTM, a platform that is easy to use. Some users even offer demo calls that are pre-recorded sexually explicit conversations with previous customers. Many of these profiles have the word paytm attached to their username.
The conversations usually begin when someone replies to the story of a ‘paytm girl’, who more often than not puts up offers on these stories that can be availed. The girls often use Instagram’s live feature as well, where they tease their viewers.
What’s interesting is that a lot of these profiles and paytm numbers, when traced down, belong to men from rural villages, who deny knowing the names of the women in question. The conversations usually begin when someone replies to the story of a ‘paytm girl’, who more often than not puts up offers that can be availed. The girls often use Instagram’s live feature as well, where they tease their viewers. There were even photos, that have now been taken down, that had child pornography.
The digital bug has bitten everyone, and sex workers or women looking to gain quick bucks through this tactic have also caught up to this trend!
The hastag #Paytmgirls has since been removed by instagram.