Sunday, April 29, 2007

Bluetooth Porn Swap

UPDATE: Check out the new blog covering the Mid East: Outsider On The Inside

This may be funnier for some more than others, but I lived in Saudi Arabia, and I can imagine people sitting around in cafes or 'cruising' around the city doing this:
RIYADH -- Pornographic material accounts for nearly 70 percent of messages exchanged through mobile telephones between teenagers in ultraconservative Muslim Saudi Arabia, a newspaper reported Wednesday.

Misuse of Bluetooth technology by young men and women is increasing, the English-language Arab News said, citing the findings of a recent study.

Eighty-eight percent of girls have been "victims" of such misuse, it quoted study author and professor Abdullah Bin Mohammed Al Rasheed as saying.

The study focused on teenage boys detained by religious police for harassing girls in the Qasim region north of Riyadh.

"The flash memory of mobile phones taken from teenagers showed 69.7 percent of 1,470 files saved in them were pornographic and 8.6 percent were related to violence," Rasheed said.

Young men and women are banned from mixing in public in oil-rich Saudi Arabia, which enforces a strict Islamic moral code.

 
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