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Will Grindr shut down following a rise in illegal drug use?

Will Grindr shut down following a rise in illegal drug use?
Using Grindr for a drug deal helps facilitate self-destructive behavior, but what benefit would shutting it down serve?

A gay health advocate is calling on the Australian government to shut down hookup sites like Grindr until companies address the drug deals taking part on their services.

Jay Morris, 24, is a recovering meth addict who spent years in the gay party scene chasing the next high. In 2012 he began escorting for drug money.

Having gone through rehab twice with the support of a loving family, Morris sees hookup apps as a glaring problem among gay men.

“In the gay community, drugs is all about sex and partying and escaping everything that you need to escape from,” he told, adding that, “[hookup sites] need to be monitored and shut down.”

Jay Morris, 24, is under treatment for his addiction at the Wagga Wagga Drug and Alcohol Centre

“The gay scene is out of control on ice. It’s a complete free-for-all. You can watch people shooting up live on camera,” he continued. finishes its piece by quoting “cyber expert Dr. Gregory Urbas from the University of Canberra” who professes that, “[hookup sites], and the participants, [are] on the wrong side of the law,” citing, “Commonwealth telecommunications law that prohibits phones and the internet being used to distribute a prohibited drug.”

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