HIGHTOWER: X-Rated Global Trade

Hey you -- pssssst -- yeah you. Want to talk dirty on the phone? For a good time, call Guyana.Guyana is not someone's name. It's a country in South America, and believe it or not, it has become a hot spot for "phone sex" companies that provide pay-per-minute phone lines where callers can dial-up someone to talk dirty to them.Just let your fingers do the walking. Check the personal ads carried in newspapers and magazines in any city in the U.S., and you'll find x-rated call numbers beginning with 592, which is the international exchange for Guyana. Indeed, phone sex has gone global -- not just Guyana, but also the Philippines, Poland, the tiny South Pacific island of Niue, and other Third World nations now are major players in the so-called "adult chat" industry , worth more than a billion dollars a year.Sheesh, bad enough that America is losing both blue-collar and white-collar jobs to low-wage nations, now we're losing no-collar jobs, too.In Guyana, the phone company was taken-over in 1991 by a U.S. firm called Atlantic Tele-Network Inc. In 1992, ATN began offering Guyana's phone circuits to call-in sex services in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere, and now an estimated 60 percent of Guyana's total telephone revenues come from international sex calls. In an ironic twist, the people of Guyana are blocked from calling any of these services -- Guyanese women staff the phones, but no Guyanese are allowed to call in, even if they want to, which apparently few do. As one local explained to Mike Mills of the Washington Post: "People are too concerned with deteriorating social conditions -- rampant crime, joblessness and political instability -- to worry about the phone system."In touch with "What's Hot" in The New World Order, where we even x-port America's x-rated jobs.

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