Combined with tourism, the trend has made Nepal one of the points of origin for pornographic films and even paedophilic material on the Web. Many young Nepali women have been unwittingly involved in the trade, some being exploited and blackmailed by their male partners.
With globalisation, increased travel, the Internet and the spread of cable, Nepal's social mores have been transformed within one generation. Nepalis, who used to find Bollywood song sequences "racy", or hide their faces when Nepali actress Rekha Thapa appeared in a swimsuit, are now routinely exposed to sexually-explicit content.
A Himal Khabarpatrika investigation has revealed that "blue films" are more widely available than previously estimated in video parlours, mobile phone shops and even paan kiosks across the country. Pornographic videos that used to be available only to the urban upper class or traders returning from Bangkok now have audiences right through the social strata and even in rural areas.
But some are sex workers who have willingly serviced foreign customers in their hotel rooms, knowing that the camera was rolling. 'Maya' is a fifth grade dropout from Syangja and works in Thamel with hundreds of other young Nepali women. She sees nothing wrong with being featured in pornographic videos that are circulated worldwide.
"My father is illiterate and lives in the village, he is not going to see me, and what do I care if others do?" asks 'Maya' who says she is paid Rs 70,000 per shoot.
The growing frequency with which Nepali women are featured in Internet porn sites also seems to suggest a surge in sex tourism, especially in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Driven out of their home districts by the conflict and desperate for jobs, young women easily fall prey to cyber pimps.
Cybercaf?s in Kathmandu and district capitals are setting aside private cubicles specially designed for tandem porn viewing either on the net, or through DVDs.
"It is inevitable that when traditional value systems are eroded by the content of new technology, and if new education and culture doesn't replace it, societal mores are altered," says sociologist Suresh Dhakal.
Because of the novelty of the medium and the ease with which mobile phones can be used for video, there are also increasing numbers of cases where women are victimised by ruthless partners. In a way, this seems to be a high-tech extension of the exploitation of young Nepali women trafficked for generations by their husbands, boyfriends or even relatives.
Psychologist Sharmila Manandhar believes that the spread of pornography in Nepal represents just one aspect of rapidly-changing interactions in what was till recently a closed, traditional society.
She adds: "But pornography also reinforces traditional relationships because the videos focus on male satisfaction and reflect the entrenched patriarchal nature of our society."
Some names have been changed.