Pirated discs for kids further tainted by ads for porn in Vietnam

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The covers of pirated children's CDs include explicit images and links to pornography and other sex-based content. Photo courtesy of Tuoi Tre

Almost any pirated compact disc in Vietnam has all kinds of sexual content printed on its cover, including information on pornography, even on discs targeting children.

An investigation by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper found advertisements for pornographic websites and phone sex lines on the covers of all pirated discs, which tend to be priced between VND10,000 and 20,000 (less than a dollar) depending on where they are sold.

Nearly half the cover of a CD of children's music was dedicated to explicit images of women exposing themselves.

The covers of "Puss in Boots" and "Finding Nemo" included links advertising advice about "how to flirt with girls" or explanations as to "why men masturbate."

Another children's disc blatantly advertised porn.

Links to other movies billed as "super hot" with titles such as, "The girl with the tiny bikini" or "Wrestling in bed," including pictures, were found on the covers of otherwise innocuous discs.

Some links listed advertised downloadable sex tips, according to Tuoi Tre.

Information on how to obtain illicit movies, images or information via text message for around VND15,000 ($0.72) were also listed on the discs.

Once one message is sent, the phone will continue receiving similar ads for sex-based content.

Parents said the situation presents a double whammy, as the discs do not only represent copyright infringement, but also profit from exposing children's minds to poison.

They said many children can operate a disc by the age of five. By age eight, nearly all children are capable of reading the illicit content of the discs' covers.

Nguyen Thi Minh Trang, a secondary school teacher, said most of her children have a cell phone and are curious enough to send text messages in response to advertisements for sexual content. "Then they will get stuck in the loop and can hardly get out," Trang told Tuoi Tre.

Tran Van Huan, a parent, questioned the culpability of the mobile network providers and cultural management officials.

"I want to see them receive severe punishments," Huan said.

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