Habbo Hotel Kids' Game Busted As 'Forum of Pornographic Chat'

by Nancy Needhima on  June 17, 2012 at 9:24 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
The cover of Habbo Hotel, an online game trending among teenagers, has been blown as a forum 'filled with pornographic chat' by a TV investigation.
Habbo Hotel Kids' Game Busted As 'Forum of Pornographic Chat'
Habbo Hotel Kids' Game Busted As 'Forum of Pornographic Chat'

The investigation carried out by Channel 4 News producer Rachel Seifert for two months, using the site posing as a 13 year-old, found that Habbo Hotel was host to highly sexual exchanges.

"The chat was very sexual, perverse, violent, pornographic, overtly sexual acts, people saying they were going to do things to others, and it was very graphic," The Telegraph quoted Seifert as saying.

"I was within a couple of minutes asked to strip, fully naked, and asked what would I do on a webcam," she added.

Seifert played the game 50 times and on each occasion had similar experiences.

Children as young as eight are believed to be using the site, which last month, according to online audience measurement company, Quantcast, attracted 291,000 British teenagers.

John Carr, a child safety expert and consultant, also played the game with the Channel 4 News producer and within minutes, was sent a friend request from an avatar called 'DirtyBoii' messaging: "Can I ask u what yr body's like".

The Channel 4 News investigation also found that there have been two recent cases where paedophiles have been convicted for sexually abusing dozens of children who they befriended on Habbo Hotel.

Since the details of Channel 4's investigation have been released, a major European investor, Balderton, in Sulake, Habbo's Finnish parent company has dumped its 13 percent stake in the business.

Source: ANI

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