TUVALU SAYS NO TO TELEPHONE SEX
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (October 4, 2000 – Agence
France-Presse)---One of the world's biggest suppliers of a bewilderingly
exotic range of telephone sex is hanging-up.
Tuvalu, a Pacific atoll nation north of Fiji, has for the last eight years
leased its telephone 688 area code to sex line operators -- despite its
avowedly Christian status.
But Prime Minister Ionatana Ionatana told Agence France-Presse (AFP) in a
telephone interview Wednesday that they've had enough of it.
"We don't need any more sex calls. That venture continued to damage
our reputation on the religious front," he said.
Last year they made around AUS$ 3 million (US$ 1.6 million) on telephone
"This year we are only getting some hundreds of thousands. That is
peanuts," Ionatana said.
"These people are selling the service to millions of people around
the world and we know for sure they are getting millions of dollars and
yet they refuse to produce their accounts to us."
Tuvalu can afford to can the sex now -- the country is making US$ 50
million from selling its Internet domain name, Dot TV.
New Zealand/South Pacific Correspondent