“Family life and fidelity in marriage are essential for the well-being of our society.
If you weaken that foundation it is harmful to society.“ Lee also criticised Ashley Madison founder and chief executive Noel Biderman for his comments on creating a dating platform for people looking to commit adultery. “I don’t see anything good coming out of this.” Mayte Yeung Kit Wah of religious group The Society for Truth and Light said extra-marital affairs “should not be encouraged”.
Police have also mounted an operation online to keep an eye on internet forums and smartphone apps that seem to be a front for this area of the sex trade.
Lowcock said police were aware of some smartphone apps that allowed users to make friends with nearby users using location-based technology.
But so far they did not point to any compensated-dating activity.
He said police were also conducting a legal study to see whether such platforms could be defined as public places so that the same offence could apply.
Lowcock said it was important to clarify whether internet forums were public places under the law because it would help police pursue those seeking sex services and those offering them online.
He also said it would be helpful if there were a legal precedent in Hong Kong.
“We don’t want to convince anyone to cheat, but we can tell them how to have the perfect affair.
And that means not only finding the perfect partner, but also not getting caught.
However, the cheats’ charter now faces some opposition from angry church groups and family value organisations in Hong Kong.