You've Got Spim!

Knock-knock from COOLKID6492," read the headline on an AOL instant message (IM) window that popped up on my computer screen at 3:42 p.m. the other day. "Hey, I'm a 19/f/Ca. Wanna come check me out?" I had a pretty good idea of what Coolkid had in mind. But just to be sure, I clicked on the Web link embedded in the IM and was promptly directed to an X-rated website, where I was invited to pay "just $1 a month" to watch women get naked in front of a webcam.

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