In today's computer-addicted world, online predators are a constant concern, especially for parents whose kids are tied to their phones, tablets or laptops. And how do they convince kids to do bad things on the Internet? The men even convinced some girls to cut themselves while they watched. The case ended last week with all nine defendants getting decades in prison, including a married father of two from New York who masterminded and ran the operation. He got 40 years.
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No one would connect the boys to the older, white men - and a pair of Chinese somethings - seated under a tree, or to the young man with the mobile phone leaning on a parked motorbike. The boys, aged from 14 to 24, walk in pairs for greater safety, making eye contact with the men, who then communicate their choices to the man with the mobile phone. Once the deal is done, the boys move to a side alley to wait for their clients. If no one passes muster, the men head to one of dozens of bars and karaoke lounges that offer boys for sex. Thailand is a source, transit, and destination country for children trafficked for sexual exploitation. Of these, at least 40 percent are under 18, and a significant number are boys, according to rights groups. A significant number are boys, campaigners say.