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Beijing police say 'happy ending' massages are illegal

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 June, 2013, 5:28pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 June, 2013, 6:12pm

Massage parlour “happy endings” are considered a form of prostitution and are therefore illegal, Beijing police confirmed on Thursday. This is in response to earlier reports in the southern province of Guangdong which suggested it could be in a legal grey area.

Guangzhou-based Southern Metropolis Daily on Wednesday reported that a Foshan court had overturned a decision to charge an owner of a massage parlour and three associates with organised prostitution. They had allegedly allowed employees to offer clients manual stimulation and “other erotic massages”.

After further investigation, the defendants were acquitted due to “unclear facts and improper applications of the law”. The court said manual stimulation was not, by criminal law, considered a form of prostitution.

But Beijing police hit back on Thursday citing its own laws stipulated by the Ministry of Public Security, which specified that providing or receiving of sexual activity for hire, including oral sex, masturbation or sodomy, would be considered prostitution and thus, illegal.

“Prostitution entails both persons involved to have reached a subjective agreement on a price or exchange before the transaction. If both parties acknowledge it is sex for hire; it is considered solicited prostitution,” the Beijing-based Jinghua Times reported, quoting a police statement.

Those caught soliciting prostitution could face between 10 to 15 days in prison and a fine of 5,000 yuan (HK$6,300). Repeated offenders would be fined the same amount but may be sentenced to re-education through labour, the police said.

Manual stimulation by hand is often offered as an extra service at many massage and “beauty” parlours across the country and is an issue of contention.

Though prostitution is illegal in China, no country has as many sex workers. But recent crack downs on the booming trade have made sex workers lives tougher.

A report in May by US-based Human Rights Watch highlighted the difficulties sex workers faced and placed the fault firmly at the door of authorities. The report blamed rigid policies, rampant corruption and the Communist Party's discomfort with sex for assault and abuse by police and customers, arbitrary detentions without trial and forced HIV testing.

Non-governmental groups continue to be discouraged or prevented from helping sex workers.

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doreendorothy@hotmail.com
' No country has as many sex workers. ' My sentiment exactly n I also question the credibility of this statement.
mercedes2233
'No country has as many sex workers.' Really? What is the evidence for this, and is this in terms of numbers and what is the proportion of these numbers to China's massive population? And what are the numbers of sex workers in other countries, since you must have this information to make such a statement?
bluefirestorm
By your comment, are you suggesting that some countries have a significantly higher proportion number of sex workers?
As China is the most populous nation in the world (1.35 billion), assuming the proportion is almost equal in all countries, China will have the most number of sex workers.
The second and third most populous countries are India and United States, respectively. The population of India is about 90% that of China at 1.21 billion, while US is less than one quarter that of China at over 316 million.
Do the math.
India's proportion of sex workers would have to be 10% more that of China to exceed that of China, while US will need to have more than 4 times the proportion. Just for the sake of example, if China's proportion is 1%, India would have to have 1.1% proportion and US would need to have 4% proportion.
As you go down the list of countries by population size, the proportion will even have to be even higher to the the ridiculous point that entire population of a country will have to be sex workers to equal to the number of sex workers in China.
mercedes2233
I was asking for clarification. The important phrase in your reply is 'assuming the proportion is almost equal in all countries'. Is it? Your calculation is theoretical. I was asking for the reporter's justification of his/ her statement which hopefully is based on fact.
I wonder whether the number of sex workers in say Thailand is, and whether its 'proportion' is higher, since it has an industry of these workers.
bluefirestorm
You are also assuming that China's proportion is an outlier at the low side in terms of proportion apart from that there are some country(ies) which is/(are) an outlier on the high side. Outliers on both sides do appear in statistics. But given the population size of China, if its proportion were in the normal range or even an outlier on the low side, it would have the largest number.
You brought up Thailand. Again do the math, Thailand's population is around 66 million. It needs to have a proportion more than 20 times that of China.
I seriously doubt it can be 20x higher proportion as it suggests that you have a 20x more probability that someone you know/meet/see in Thailand is a sex worker compared to one you know/meet/see in China.
That is why the "almost equal proportion" is already a good gauge.

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