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Police in Vietnam have swooped on a prostitution ring after spotting one enterprising lady-of-the-night using Facebook to advertise her girls’ wares to potential punters. Cops in the capital Hanoi cuffed 20-year-old Do Thi Huyen, of Truong Dinh ward in the city's Hai Ba Trung district as she and a colleague were escorting two …

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  1. Tom 38

    Zuck and co. need to sharpen their filth filters a bit

    I bet it only filters out pink flesh, and largely ignore other shades. They probably hired the guy straight outta HP.

    1. Jones

      Re: I bet it only filters out pink flesh, and largely ignore other shades.

      You're probably right... Google "Facebook Elbow Picture"

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: I bet it only filters out pink flesh, and largely ignore other shades.

        I wonder if I can add that to my research on pattern matching :D

  2. TeeCee Gold badge
    Coat

    Online filth.

    Screenshots of the now-deleted page seen by El Reg appear to contravene the above policy,

    Er, pictures or it didn't happen........?

    1. AceRimmer

      Re: Online filth.

      There are links in the el reg strory to other news sources which have pics

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Coat

        Re: Online filth.

        Yeah, but all of the ones I found were [censored].

  3. Simon Harris
    Coat

    NFC

    Do the ladies have NFC readers...

    so clients can bonk-to-pay-to-bonk ?

  4. disgruntled yank

    bad

    Clearly a violation of the terms of service. Doesn't she know she's supposed to use Craigslist for that?

  5. Phil O'Sophical Silver badge
    Coat

    I see an opportunity

    But it wouldn't be called Facebook

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: I see an opportunity

      bindun

    2. Why Not?
      Coat

      Re: I see an opportunity

      FuzzBook?

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Progress...

    The US defeated the Soviet Union and now it has a huge State Security apparatus spying on its citizens and making travel difficult for anyone suspected of thoughtcrime. North Vietnam defeated the US and now it has all the abuses of capitalism. Germany and Japan might think that, overall, it's often better to lose a war.

    1. JeffyPooh
      Pint

      Re: Progress...

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mouse_That_Roared#Plot

    2. Daniel B.
      Happy

      Re: Progress...

      Yup, Germany got someone else to remove the evil Nazi government, though the Eastern part of the country had to endure an added 40-ish year period under the DDR and the Stasi. After reunification, the new reunited Germany made a point of respecting citizen's privacy and making sure that it will never, ever happen again.

      At least in their country, that is...

    3. Nuke
      Mushroom

      ribosome - Re: Progress...

      Wrote :- "The US defeated the Soviet Union"

      Citation please ?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: ribosome - Progress...

        So...In your view why did the Soviet Union collapse? Rather than demand a citation for a commonly held view - this is a blog, not an academic journal - give us your preferred explanation rather than go in for attempted point scoring.

        1. Nuke
          Meh

          Re: ribosome - Progress...

          ribosome wrote :- "So...In your view why did the Soviet Union collapse? Rather than demand a citation for a commonly held view - this is a blog, not an academic journal"

          You are being sensitive. It was my attempted humourous way of pointing out that the USA and Russia have never been at war, so the USA can never have "defeated" Russia. I do not need any citation.

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: ribosome - Progress...

            You can only seriously argue that the Soviet Union (not Russia) and the US were never at war if you exclude proxy wars and economic warfare. A lot of the current mess in the Middle East started when the US trained and armed Islamists for a proxy war in Afghanistan, and the US is still there fighting its own former proxies.

            Economic warfare is just as deadly as the shooting kind. In fact, they tend to shade into one another.

  7. Herby

    Wonders!

    This is an example of "The worlds oldest profession" meeting up with "The worlds most modern technology".

    Will wonders never cease.

    Now where is that 'xxx' top level domain?

  8. Gray Ham
    Paris Hilton

    At 4m dong a time, it would have been a good business (considering Vietnamese prices). Just wondering, though, if she was running this out of Hanoi, maybe catering to business coming out of Guangzhou rather than westerners. Maybe she'll just pay the fine and carry on business through weixin (which the cops haven't discovered yet).

  9. Big-nosed Pengie
    Facepalm

    A pity

    An honest business operation gets banned while millions of shady and dodgy scams prosper.

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Clearly didn't bribe the right person

    Since most illegal activity here has at least consent from some level of law enforcement.

    Also using facebook wasn't the best approach in vietnam since they half heartedly block it here. Googling in vietnamese the latest Facebook bypass tells you new DNS servers and IPs for your host file that get around it, but have to be updated every couple of months.

    Strangely the BBC is also blocked, but i find that more comical.

    1. JaitcH
      Happy

      @Anonymous Coward: Strangely the BBC is also blocked

      Not on VNPT in the Big City (Ho Chi Minh). It is on occasion, but whenever I want to see a web site that is on the VN "Do not view" list I pop down to the local VNPT office and they are unblocked!

      VNPT cell service is also often open.

  11. Martin Budden Silver badge
    Paris Hilton

    Four million dong?

    Busy girl.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Four million dong?

      Congratulations. I can't believe the reg missed the opportunity to squeeze a 'dong' gag into this story. It was a gaping open goal and they muffed it.

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Facebook is the wrong place for it, but prostitution should not be illegal,

    It needs to be a regulated industry & Taxed!

  13. Vladimir Plouzhnikov

    The real immorality

    So, these girls-"associates" had a more or less secure way of finding and screening clients, high level of fees, more or less defined minimum work place standards.

    Now, they have been "saved" from all that, so that they are faced with working on the streets for peanuts, in unsafe environment and will risk rape and murder - and that if they won't just simply be jailed....

    So much for the "saving".

    1. Nuke
      Facepalm

      Vladimir Plouzhnikov Silver badge Re: The real immorality

      Wrote :- "Now, [these girls] have been "saved" from all that, so that they are faced with working on the streets ..."

      Er, no. I hesitate to offer any worldly advice to you, or give direct links, but try Googling for "Vietnam escorts" for example. The issue here is whether Facebook wishes to be the vehicle for this trade.

      1. Vladimir Plouzhnikov

        Re: Vladimir Plouzhnikov Silver badge The real immorality

        I don't really care what Facepuke wants or doesn't want. Also, Facepuke clearly ignored what was going on, T&Cs be damned... The article is not so much about Facepuke removing Madam's page but about virtuous Vietnamese cops using it to track and shut her down. But again, I don't care much about that either. For me, the article just highlighted the glaring immorality of outlawing prostitution...

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Vladimir Plouzhnikov Silver badge The real immorality

          I've got no problem with outlawing pimps. Too much involvement with young runaways and such here in Social Services seeing what really goes on in the Bay Area with prostitution run by gangs and such to buy the "victimless crime" angle when the whole "protection" racket is involved.

          A system of co-op with independent businesswomen (or men or whatever) where there is no forced profit sharing would be the best place to start out until society is accepting the practice and the whole thing gets regulated and cheapened down to McDonald's type prices. Add plenty of government inspectors like we do for health reasons for everyone from taco trucks to fancy restaurants and tax the whole mess.

          You think fast food workers have self esteem and minimum wage issues....imagine the prostitutes of a "properly" legalized world. A number of high end escorts that relatively few could afford, and thousands of sex-providing equivalents to the guy pushing the churro cart up and down the street.

          1. Vladimir Plouzhnikov

            Re: Vladimir Plouzhnikov Silver badge The real immorality

            I agree with you and I have no illusions about the galmour factor of the profession in question. But keeping it illegal only makes things worse for the women involved. And your comparison with fast food is totally appropriate - just as the fast food worker rarely consider their work a long term career proposition, so would the fast nookie workers, but at least they will be afforded the same legal protection.

            Also, legalisation will destroy the economic base for prostitution-running gangs. Oh, wait, maybe that's why it isn't happening?

            1. Anonymous Coward
              Anonymous Coward

              Re: Vladimir Plouzhnikov Silver badge The real immorality

              No, not gangs - businesses that probably play an active part in local politics.

  14. Lamont Cranston

    At least someone

    is making money from facebook.

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