HUNDREDS of people in Shepway are signed up to a “dogging” website and looking to have sex with strangers in outdoor locations in the district.
Within a few hours of a reporter setting up a brief profile on the site, he was inundated with 25 messages from people looking to have “fun, whenever you want.”
The lack of a profile picture or any other personal information did not deter those looking for a secret meet-up, with one person asked if he was a “bad lad” and another asking if he had any friends who wanted to join in or watch.
A search on the website dogging after dark showed there were 3,976 members within 25 miles of Shepway, including 61 in Folkestone, Hythe, New Romney and Lydd. Many choose to have profile pictures, many of which are of a pornographic nature, and their ages range between 18 and 55.
The link to the website was found on a YouTube video, which Father Richard Barns, of Littlestone, fears could be clicked on by unaware children.
He said: “I’m quite liberal-minded with what people do, but it’s the apparent easy way children could find (and follow) the link which concerns me most.
“Say a child found the website and then linked it to his or her Facebook page, thinking it was a bit of fun – what if the person in the video was a parent of one of their friends?”
A YouTube spokesman said: “YouTube is a community site used by millions of people in very positive ways. Sadly as with any form of communication, there is a tiny minority of people who try to break the rules.”