Prostitutes reject red-light district

PUBLISHED : Monday, 24 March, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 24 March, 2008, 12:00am

Sex workers do not like the idea of a designated red-light district, a sex workers' concern group said yesterday. Speaking at a City Forum, a representative of Zi Teng said many sex workers had told the organisation they were opposed to the idea.

'Some sex workers are worried that a red-light district would be located in a remote area like Shek Kong [in Yuen Long]. Their business would be seriously affected.'

They were also worried about competition as both young and old prostitutes would be forced to work in the same area.

One sex worker, who called herself Jade, said police ignored prostitutes' complaints. 'We can't get in touch with the police,' she said. 'Even if we have a complaint or we have been robbed, we need to report the case through Zi Teng.'

She said many sex workers at one-woman brothels did not report problems because they worried that they would lose their businesses.

Another Zi Teng spokeswoman, Elaine Lam Yee-ling, said the Hong Kong government should legalise the sex trade to protect prostitutes, and because the industry would not require so much policing.

Legislative Council security panel chairman Lau Kong-wah said the government should not leap into legislation in the wake of the killings of four sex workers last week. 'We should listen to the opinions of all sectors before [passing] any legislation,' he said. Police have arrested three people in relation to the killings.