'Abolish law on sex with under-age prostitutes'
A political adviser proposes abolishing a law making it illegal to have sex with prostitutes under the age of 14 because it conflicts with rape laws, the Guangzhou Daily reports. Zhen Yan , vice-chairwoman of the All-China Women's Federation, said the law had been used to reduce the liability of suspects, often officials. By law, those who visit female prostitutes younger than 14 must be sentenced to five years or more in prison, in addition to paying a fine, whereas another criminal law provision says those who have or try to have sex with someone under 14, whether forcibly or not, should be charged with molestation and faces a 10-year term or the death penalty.
Legalise sex workers to cut rape, says delegate
A National People's Congress delegate has proposed legalising prostitution, after making the same suggestion for eight consecutive years, the Information Times reports. Chi Susheng, a female lawyer from Heilongjiang , said adults should be given the right to choose it as a profession. She gave a new reason this year for the proposal. 'In 10 or 20 years, many poor men will face difficulties finding a woman to marry. Because of the existence of prostitution, there have been fewer rapes.'